Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. Joe McCartin discusses “The largest worker uprising of the 19th century,” the Great Uprising of 1877 (right), and its connection with the recent teacher strikes; Saul Schniderman celebrates Woody Guthrie’s birthday by recounting the story of how the legendary folksinger came to write “Union Maid” and Javier Puente tells us about the general strike that took place in July 2004 in Peru. For this week’s Labor History Object of the Week, Ben Blake takes us deep into the George Meany Labor Archives for a very up close and personal look at what was in George’s desk when he retired after a 57-year career in organized labor.
The worst rail accident in U.S. history occurred when two trains pulled by 80-ton locomotives collided head-on at Dutchman’s curve in west Nashville, Tenn. 101 people died, another 171 were injured - 1918
New England Telephone "girls" strike for seven-hour workday, $27 weekly pay after four years' service - 1923
New York City subway system managers in the Bronx attempt to make cleaning crews on the IRT line work faster by forcing the use of a 14-inch squeegee instead of thecustomary 10-inch tool. Six workers are fired for insubordination; a two-day walkout by the Transport Workers Union wins reversal of the directive and the workers’ reinstatement - 1935
United Packinghouse, Food & Allied Workers merge with Amalgamated Meat Cutters & Butcher Workmen - 1968
Five thousand demonstrators rally at the state capitol in Columbia, S.C. in support of the "Charleston Five," labor activists charged with felony rioting during a police attack on a 2000 longshoremen's picket of a non-union crew unloading a ship - 2001
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