Today in Labor History: January 7
Wobbly Tom Mooney, accused of a murder by bombing in San Francisco, pardoned and freed after 22 years in San Quentin – 1939
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Member Tip: Show Solidarity
It’s pretty easy to understand the notion that “an injury to one is an injury to all.” And it’s also not too complicated to grasp that if you don’t speak up when someone else is being mistreated, that person isn’t likely to be there for you when you need some support. But what’s needed, of course, is for each of us to “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk.” So if your co-workers on the night shift are getting cheated out of their differential, the test is whether you and your co-workers on the day shift make it your business to make sure that the union can do what’s needed to take on the employer.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer