Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
November 7—Some 1,300 building trades workers in eastern Massachusetts participated in a general strike on all military work in the area to protest the use of open-shop (a worksite in which union membership is not required as a condition of employment) builders. The strike held on for a week in the face of threats from the U.S. War Department – 1917
(Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits follows the history of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO from the emergence of building trades councils in the age of the skyscraper. It takes the reader through treacherous fights over jurisdiction as new building materials and methods of work evolved; and describes numerous Department campaigns to improve safety standards, work with contractors to promote unionized construction, and forge a sense of industrial unity among its fifteen (and at times nineteen) autonomous and highly diverse affiliates.)
November 8—20,000 workers, black and white, stage general strike in New Orleans,
demanding union recognition and hour and wage gains – 1892
November 9—Twenty people, including at least nine firefighters, are killed in Boston’s worst fire. It consumed 65 downtown acres and 776 buildings over 12 hours – 1872
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Labor Video: 20-Year-Olds and Work
A rather cynical and curmudgeonly Louis CK—a comedian, if you haven’t been watching TV lately—shares with us his views on 20-year-olds and their work experience. Click here to watch the video.