Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. On this week’s show, a conversation with Roger Toussaint, former president of the Transport Workers Union, who led the successful 2005 strike by 35,000 transit workers in New York City.
The ship Thetis arrives in Hawaii with 175 Chinese field workers bound to serve for five years at $3 per month - 1852
In a familiar scene during the Great Depression, some 500 farmers, Black and White, their crops ruined by a long drought, march into downtown England, Ark., to demand food for their starving families, warning they would take it by force if necessary. Town fathers frantically contacted the Red Cross; each family went home with two weeks’ rations - 1931
The Supreme Court rules against the closed shop, a labor-management agreement that only union members can be hired and must remain members to continue on the job - 1949
AFL-CIO American Institute for Free Labor Development employees Mike Hammer and Mark Pearlman are assassinated in El Salvador along with a Peasant Workers’ Union leader with whom they were working on a land reform program - 1981
photo: Chinese contract laborers on a sugar plantation in 19th-century Hawaii, courtesy Hawai'i Digital Newspaper Project