Today in Labor History: October 26
After eight years and at least 1,000 worker deaths—mostly Irish immigrants—the 350-mile Erie Canal opens, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Father John Raho wrote to his bishop that “so many die that there is hardly any time to give Extreme Unction (last rites) to everybody. We run night and day to assist the sick.” – 1825
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Cool Labor Site: See ‘n Say
Employers often have a script that they follow to try to stop workers from organizing. CWA does a great job of revealing the script—and union responses—in their clever online “See n’ Say” game. http://www.cwa-union.org/pages/see_n_say