Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
August 29—Northwest Airlines pilots, after years of concessions to help the airline, begin what is to become a 2-week strike for higher pay – 1998
August 30—OSHA publishes scaffold safety standard, designed to protect 2.3 million construction workers and prevent 50 deaths and 4,500 injuries annually – 1996
August 31—“Solidarity” workers movement founded as a strike coordination committee at Lenin Shipyards, Gdansk, Poland. The strike launched a wave of unrest in the Soviet Union that ultimately led to its dissolution in 1991 – 1980
(Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global is a two-hundred-year story of the global working class and its many struggles for justice. The stories in the book come to life through the voices of remarkable individuals: child laborers in Charles Dickens’ England, visionary women on the barricades of Paris, gun-toting railway strikers in America’s Wild West, and beer-swilling German metalworkers who tried to stop the First World War.)
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Labor Video: Ironworkers Ice Bucket Challenge
Check out this video to see a gathering of Ironworkers get seriously drenched… Deliberately! It’s just one example of how unions support good causes, in this case, The ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge. Click here to watch the video.