Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
December 19—A 47-day strike at Greyhound Bus Lines ends with members of the
Amalgamated Transit Union accepting a new contract containing deep cuts in wages and benefits. Striker Ray Phillips died during the strike, run over on a picket line by a scab Greyhound trainee – 1983
December 20—The first group of 15 Filipino plantation workers recruited by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association arrive in Hawaii. By 1932 more than 100,000 Filipinos will be working in the fields – 1906
December 21—Powered by children seven to 12 years old working dawn to dusk, Samuel Slater’s thread-spinning factory goes into production in Pawtucket, R.I., launching the Industrial Revolution in America. By 1830, 55 percent of the mill workers in the state were youngsters, many working for less than $1 per week – 1790
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Labor Video: Don’t Look Down
You’ll be both fascinated and horrified to see how these construction workers in Nepal do their jobs. Click here to watch the video.