With oral arguments set to begin in AFGE v. Trump, the nation’s largest federal union has set this Wednesday for #RedforFeds day to protest President Trump’s “illegal, union-busting executive orders.” “A little under two months ago, President Trump tried to sneak through three executive orders that undermine our democracy,” said American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) President J. David Cox Sr. “These orders are a direct assault on our apolitical civil service system and are nothing but thinly veiled attempts at busting unions and rolling back workplace rights across the country,” he added. AFGE will be hosting a rally in front of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Wednesday starting at 12:30p (click here for details). Click here to see other locations participating in #RedforFeds and follow the hashtag on Twitter.
Late one night inside an art-filled home on a tranquil parkway in Silver Spring, Md., a woman decided to take her laptop to bed with her. She clicked on a story about an old picture. Her eyes widened. “No,” Michele Holzman thought to herself. “That couldn’t be me. Could it?” Click here for Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia's great follow-up story about labor organizer Richard Bensinger's 50-year-old photo mystery.
photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post
“If you can see, hear, feel, and think, you should know that King Dollar rules the United States, and that the workers are robbed and exploited in this country to the heart's content of the masters.”
Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. On this week's show: Saul Schniderman remembers the 1913 strike by Paterson silk workers, which included the arrest of the “Rebel Girl” herself, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Ben Blake’s labor history Object of the Week is a tiny baby shoe from one of the fathers of the American labor movement. And Leon Finkgives us the long view on the Change to Win federation, founded 13 years ago this week. Plus a few versions of Joe Hill’s classic “Rebel Girl.”
Union City Radio's Chris Garlock hosts; interview by Patrick Dixon.
Anarchist Alexander Berkman shoots and stabs but fails to kill steel magnate Henry Clay Frick in an effort to avenge the Homestead massacre 18 days earlier, in which nine strikers were killed. Berkman also tried to use what was, in effect, a suicide bomb, but it didn't detonate - 1892
Northern Michigan copper miners strike (above right) for union recognition, higher wages and eight-hour day. By the time they threw in the towel the following April, 1,100 had been arrested on various charges and Western Federation of Miners President Charles Moyer had been shot, beaten and forced out of town - 1913
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