Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition; Labor Video

Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition2014.05.19—history-battle-toledo
May 23—The Battle of Toledo begins today: a five-day running battle between roughly 6,000 strikers at the Electric Auto-Lite company of Toledo, Ohio, and 1,300 members of the Ohio National Guard. Two strikers died and more than 200 were injured. The battle began in the sixth week of what ultimately became a successful two-month fight for union recognition and higher pay. One guardsman told a Toledo Blade reporter: “Our high school graduation is … tonight and we were supposed to be getting our diplomas” – 1934
May 24—After 14 years of construction and the deaths of 27 workers, the Brooklyn Bridge over New York’s East River opens. Newspapers call it “the eighth wonder of the world” – 1883
May 25—The notorious 11-month Remington Rand strike begins. The strike spawned the “Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) formula,” described by investigators as a corporate plan to discredit union leaders, frighten the public with the threat of violence, employ thugs to beat up strikers, and other tactics. The National Labor Relations Board termed the formula “a battle plan for industrial war” – 1936
2014.05.19—history-agitate-bookcover(Agitate! Educate! Organize! American Labor Posters: Art has often been used to depict labor’s position in times of conflict.  In Agitate! Educate! Organize!, Lincoln Cushing and Timothy W. Drescher share their vast knowledge about the rich graphic tradition of labor posters. Here you will find lavish full-color reproductions of more than 250 of the best posters that have emerged from the American labor movement on topics ranging from core issues such as wages and working conditions to discrimination to international solidarity.)
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2014.05.19—video-unions
Labor Video: Unions—So Simple a Child Can Understand!
A lesson on the history of Organized Labor, in less than two minutes! Fun, simple, & entertaining—great for kids and adults alike!  Click here to watch the video.

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