Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
October 17—A huge vat ruptures at a London brewery, setting off a domino effect of similar ruptures, and what was to become known as The London Beer Flood. Nearly 1.5 million liters of beer gushed into the streets drowning or otherwise causing the deaths of eight people, mostly poor people living in nearby basements – 1814
October 18—The “Shoemakers of Boston”—the first labor organization in what would later become the United States—was authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony – 1648
October 19—The National Association of Letter Carriers achieves equalization of wages for all letter carriers, meaning city delivery carriers began receiving the same wages regardless of the size of the community in which they worked – 1949
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Labor Video: Right to Work—or Right to be Dissed?
A clever animated video produced by Preserve Middle Class Missouri, a group formed to fight a right-wing push to weaken unions in the state. Click here to watch the video.