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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.