Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
June 26—Members of the American Railway Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, refuse to handle Pullman cars, in solidarity with Pullman strikers. Two dozen strikers were killed over the course of the strike – 1894
June 27—Emma Goldman, women’s rights activist and radical, born in Lithuania. She came to the U.S. at age 17 – 1869
June 28—Birthday of machinist Matthew Maguire, who many believe first suggested Labor Day. Others believe it was Peter McGuire, a carpenter – 1850
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Labor Video: Boss Calls in Sick!
Funny FedEx ad about what happens when the boss calls in sick. Maybe the employees wouldn’t be as anxious to cut out if FedEx were unionized…? Click here to watch a trailer of the movie.