Today in Labor History: October 27
The New York City subway, the first rapid-transit system in America, opens. More than 100 workers died during the construction of the first 13 miles of tunnels and track – 1904
(Survival of the Fittest: Thanks to unions, construction jobs don’t cost lives the way they used to. If you’d like to know more about construction unions, especially if you’re considering a career in the trades, read this book. In clear, easy-to-read language it explains how to be successful in the trades and, directly linked to that success, how to make union construction thrive and prosper.)
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Cool Labor Site: The Holt Labor Library
The Holt Labor Library was established in 1992 to provide a working library for labor and progressive studies accessible to the general public. Their collections and services are geared to labor and community activists as well as to students, researchers and anyone else interested in their materials. http://www.holtlaborlibrary.org/