Today in Labor History: May 24

After 14 years of construction and the deaths of 27 workers, the Brooklyn Bridge over 2014.05.19—history-brooklyn-bridgeNew York’s East River opens. Newspapers call it “the eighth wonder of the world” – 1883

Some 2,300 members of the United Rubber Workers, on strike for 10 months against five Bridgestone-Firestone plants, agree to return to work without a contract. They had been fighting demands for 12-hour shifts and wage increases tied to productivity gains – 1995

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