Labor History in 2:00
August 20 - The War on Poverty

August 20 - The War on Poverty

August 20, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1964. President Lyndon B. Johnson gave a mid-morning address in the Rose Garden of the White House.  He was there to sign the Economic Opportunity Act that launched what became known as Johnson’s War on Poverty.  

August 19 - The Protest Song Book

August 19 - The Protest Song Book

August 19, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1909.  That was the day that a committee of the Industrial Workers of the World in Spokane, Washington published the first edition of the “Little Red Song Book.” The collection were “Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent.” 

August 18 - WEVD Radio New York

August 18 - WEVD Radio New York

August 18, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1927.  That was the day that a new radio station began to broadcast on the New York dial. The station’s call letters were WEVD.  It stood for Eugene V. Debs.  The radio station was founded to honor the recently deceased Socialist and labor leader.  

August 17 - Jailed for Having an Idea

August 17 - Jailed for Having an Idea

August 17, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year 1918. That was the day that 101 leaders of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) or Wobblies were convicted in a Chicago Federal Court.  Their alleged crime? 

 
 

 

August 16 - George Meany is Born

August 16 - George Meany is Born

August 16, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1894. That was the birthday of the long-time leader of the AFL-CIO. 

George Meany grew up in the Bronx, with his Irish Catholic family. 

August 15 - The End of Bretton Woods

August 15 - The End of Bretton Woods

August 15, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1971. That Sunday, President Richard Nixon addressed the nation in a speech that preempted the popular television show, Bonanza.  His subject? The state of the economy. The speech was timed before the stock markets opened on Monday morning.  

August 14 - Solidarity in Poland

August 14 - Solidarity in Poland

August 14, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1980. That was the day 17,000 workers took over the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. The Polish economy was struggling and worker unrest had been on the rise. The government hiked food prices, including doubling the price of meat in July.  

August 13 - The Newsroom is THE Story

August 13 - The Newsroom is THE Story

August 13, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1935. That was the day that thirty-five journalists of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer walked off the job.  They represented about half of the paper’s news room staff at the time.  

August 12 - Founding of the Carpenters Union

August 12 - Founding of the Carpenters Union

August 12, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1881.  That was the day that the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners passed their first constitution at a meeting in Chicago. The meeting was organized by Peter J. McGuire. 

August 11 - Fighting for a Say

August 11 - Fighting for a Say

August 11, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 2013. That was the day a somewhat unexpected new union formed in Bangor, Maine.  Local 207 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers represents lobster fisherman.  Lobster fisherman are known for being fiercely independent.