Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
February 27—Four hundred fifty Woolworth’s workers and customers occupy store for eight days in support of Waiters and Waitresses Union, Detroit – 1937
February 28—Members of the Chinese Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union in San Francisco’s Chinatown begin what is to be a successful four-month strike for better wages and conditions at the National Dollar Stores factory and three retail outlets – 1938
March 1—CIO president John L. Lewis and U.S. Steel President Myron Taylor sign a landmark contract in which the bitterly anti-union company officially recognized the CIO as sole negotiator for the company’s unionized workers. Included: the adoption of overtime pay, the 40-hour work week, and a big pay hike – 1937
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Labor Video: Woody Guthrie plays the Ballad of John Henry
Rare clip of Woody Guthrie playing the Ballad of John Henry, accompanied by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, from the movie “To Hear Your Banjo Play.” Great old footage of railroad workers—and Pete Seeger makes a cameo on banjo at the end! Click here to watch the video.