Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
May 16—Minneapolis general strike backs Teamsters, who are striking most of the city’s trucking companies – 1934
May 17—First women’s anti-slavery conference, Philadelphia – 1838
May 18—In what may have been baseball’s first labor strike, the Detroit Tigers refuse to play after team leader Ty Cobb is suspended: he went into the stands and beat a fan who had been heckling him. Cobb was reinstated and the Tigers went back to work after the team manager’s failed attempt to replace the players with a local college team: their pitcher gave up 24 runs – 1912
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Labor Video: Maximum Words on the Minimum Wage
An amusingly hyper young man shares his views on the minimum wage. Click here to watch the video.