Today in Labor History: September 22
Eighteen-year-old Hannah (Annie) Shapiro leads a spontaneous walkout of 17 women at a Hart Schaffner & Marx garment factory in Chicago. It grows into a months-long mass strike involving 40,000 garment workers across the city, protesting 10-hour days, bullying bosses and cuts in already-low wages – 1910
(Reviving the Strike: How Working People can Regain Power and Transform America: If the American labor movement is to rise again, the author says, it will not be as a result of electing Democrats, the passage of legislation, or improved methods of union organizing. Rather, workers will need to rediscover the power of the strike. Not the ineffectual strike of today, where employees meekly sit on picket lines waiting for scabs to take their jobs, but the type of strike capable of grinding industries to a halt—the kind employed up until the 1960s.)
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Cool Labor Site: A. Philip Randolph Institute
To A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, co-founders of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the fight for workers’ rights and civil rights were inseparable. They recognized that blacks and working people of all colors share the same goals: political and social freedom and economic justice. The APRI was founded in 1965 to continue the struggle for social, political and economic justice for all working Americans. http://www.apri.org/