Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition; Labor Video

Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition2014.11.24—history-marianna.mine
November 28—A total of 154 men die in a coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pa. Engineer and General Superintendent A.C. Beeson tells the local newspaper he had been in the mine a few minutes before the blast and had found it to be in perfect condition – 1908
November 29—Clerks, teamsters and building service workers at Boston Stores in Milwaukee strike at the beginning of the Christmas rush. The strike won 2014.11.24—history-fighting.mary.mcdowell2widespread support—at one point 10,000 pickets jammed the sidewalks around the main store—but ultimately was lost. Workers returned to the job in mid-January with a small pay raise and no union recognition – 1934
November 30—“Fighting Mary” Eliza McDowell, also known as the “Angel of the Stockyards,” born in Chicago. As a social worker she helped organize the first women’s local of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union in 1902 – 1854
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Labor Video: Tom the Turkey2014.11.24—video-tom.the.turkey
Tom the turkey is union-proud! Tom urges you, when the time comes, to vote YES for a union contract! You don’t want to end up as a turkey sandwich, do you?  Click here to watch the video.