Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
October 31—After 14 years of labor by 400 stone masons, the Mt. Rushmore sculpture is completed in Keystone, S.D. – 1941
November 1—Thirty-seven black striking Louisiana sugar workers are murdered when Louisiana militia, aided by bands of “prominent citizens,” shoot unarmed workers trying to get a dollar-per-day wage. Two strike leaders are lynched – 1887
November 2—President Reagan signs a bill designating a federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to be observed on the third Monday of January – 1983
(All Labor Has Dignity: People forget that Dr. King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. He fought throughout his life to connect the labor and civil rights movements, envisioning them as twin pillars for social reform.)
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Labor Video: Bricklayers Minus OSHA = Scary
Take a cheap contractor, stir in a lack of health and safety rules enforcement, and this is what South African laborers have to do to get the mortar to the bricklayers. Click here to watch the video.