Albert Shanker was fed up. Mr. Shanker taught math at a junior high in in Astoria, Queens. He and his colleagues felt they were underpaid and not respected. The assistant principal of the school even spied on their classrooms with binoculars!
On this day in Labor History the year was 1954, marking the opening of the powerful labor film, “Salt of the Earth.”
“Salt of the Earth” told the story of striking Chicano miner members of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Local 890 against the Empire Zinc mine in New Mexico.
On this day in Labor History the year was 1906. That was the day the world lost a great champion of woman’s and worker’s rights, Susan B. Anthony.
Born in 1820 in Massachusetts to a Quaker family, Susan B. Anthony is most well-known for her tireless campaign to secure the right to vote for women.
On this day in Labor History the year was 1941.
New Yorkers woke up to find a foot of snow blanketing their city. Nearly a million New Yorkers also discovered their usual routine was going to be disrupted.
At 5 a.m. the Transport Workers Union had walked off the job, calling a strike against the Fifth Avenue Coach and New York City Omnibus companies.
You have likely heard the recent news stories about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
The national media continues to report as labor, energy groups, environmental and Native American activists all debate the proposed oil pipeline.
But did you know that on the day in Labor History, March 9, marked the beginning of another oil pipeline project?
You may know that March is Women’s History Month. But do you know why it takes place each March?
It all goes back to today in Labor History the year was 1857.
That was the day that hundreds of women working in New York City’s garment industry went on strike.
On this day in Labor History the year was 1932. Forever remembered as a tragic day.
The nation was in the grip of the Great Depression.
As the economy languished, car sales plummeted by 80 percent. Thousands in Detroit found themselves out of work. Breadlines in the city grew longer with each passing day.