Labor History in 2:00
March 31 - FDR Creates the Civilian Conservation Corps

March 31 - FDR Creates the Civilian Conservation Corps

March 30, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1933.  The nation was in the grips of the Great Depression. Long bread lines formed each day in major cities across the nation with at least one in four people out of work.  The crisis deepened as the Dust Bowl ravaged US farmland crippling farmers and limiting food production. 

March 30 - Remembering ILWU leader Harry Bridges

March 30 - Remembering ILWU leader Harry Bridges

March 29, 2019

The most important word in the language of the working class is ‘solidarity.’” 

Those inspiring words were spoken by labor leader Harry Bridges, who died on this day in Labor History the year was 1990.  

March 29 - The Beginning of WalMart

March 29 - The Beginning of WalMart

March 29, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1918 and someone was born who would forever change the retail industry in the United States.  His name was Sam Walton. 

Walton opened his first Walmart store in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas.  

March 28 - King’s Last March in Memphis

March 28 - King’s Last March in Memphis

March 27, 2019

This is the day in Memphis that marked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final march for Civil Rights. 

If you are a regular listener to Labor History in 2, last month you heard about how AFSCME sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike to win union recognition.  

March 27 - Strike on the Canadian Northern

March 27 - Strike on the Canadian Northern

March 27, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1912. Between six and seven thousand workers walked off the job, on strike against the Canadian Northern Railway.  Their issues included low pay, worker safety, and the poor quality of food and housing provided by the railroad. 

 

March 26 - Contract Farm Labor During World War II

March 26 - Contract Farm Labor During World War II

March 25, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1943.  

The United States was in the midst of fighting World War II. 

And by 1943 there were more than 9 million people serving as military personnel.  

March 25 - Industrial Murder at Triangle ShirtWaist Factory

March 25 - Industrial Murder at Triangle ShirtWaist Factory

March 24, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1911. Marking one the most tragic days in US labor history. 

 

146 women and girls died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.  

March 24 - Coalition of Labor Union Women is Founded

March 24 - Coalition of Labor Union Women is Founded

March 23, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1974. 

It was the final day of a ground-breaking gathering of more than 3,000 women union members in Chicago to found the Coalition of Labor Union Women, or CLUW.  

March 23 - The Norris-LaGuardia Act

March 23 - The Norris-LaGuardia Act

March 22, 2019

Do you know that it used to be legal for employers in their United States to make their employees sign a contract promising not join a union? 

Such agreements were often referred to as “Yellow Dog Contracts.”  

March 22 - Mark Twain Speaks to the Power of Workers

March 22 - Mark Twain Speaks to the Power of Workers

March 22, 2019

At some time during your life you’ve probably read a book or heard a story by Mark Twain. 

But did you know that this renowned American author was also a strong supporter of labor? 

In 1835 he was born Samuel Clemens in town of Hannibal, Missouri.  

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