Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition; Labor Video

Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition2014.08.04—history-mike-quill
August 8—Delegates to the St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly elect 35-year-old Charles James, leader of the Boot and Shoe Workers local union, as their president. He was the first African-American elected to that leadership post in St. Paul, and, many believe, the first anywhere in the nation – 1902
August 9—A fire and resultant loss of oxygen when a high pressure hydraulic line was cut with a torch in a Titan missile silo near Searcy, Ark., kills 53 people, mostly civilian repairmen – 1965
August 10—Hundreds of Transport Workers Union members descend on a New York City courthouse, offering their own money to bail out their president, Mike Quill, and four other union leaders arrested while making their way through Grand Central Station to union headquarters after picketing the IRT offices in lower Manhattan – 1935
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2014.08.04—video-kbell-mary-poppinsLabor Video: Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins (Kristen Bell) sings delightfully about the need to raise the minimum wage.  The minimum would actually need to be closer to $15/hour to be a living wage.  Click here to watch the video.

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