This week’s Labor History Today podcast: The Great Postal Strike, Watergate and “Casey Jones, the Union Scab” ; Longtime labor lawyer Jules Bernstein on the 1970 postal strike, AFL-CIO president George Meany on the Watergate scandal, and Pete Seeger on “Casey Jones, the Union Scab.
Last week’s show: Neutron Jack, Joker and Parasite
The leadership of the American Federation of Labor selects the Carpenters union to lead the eight hour movement. Carpenters throughout the country strike in April; by May 1, some 46,000 carpenters in 137 cities and towns have achieved shorter hours - 1890
A U.S.-China treaty prevents Chinese laborers from entering the U.S. - 1894
Staffers at San Francisco progressive rock station KMPX-FM strike, citing corporate control over what music is played and harassment over hair and clothing styles, among other things. The Rolling Stones, Joan Baez, the Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and other musicians request the station not play their music as long as the station is run by strikebreakers - 1968 Read more here and see more photos/graphics here; photo: Baron Wolman
Boeing Co. and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) come to terms on a new contract, settling the largest white-collar walkout in U.S. history. SPEEA IFPTE Local 2001 represented some 22,000 workers, of whom 19,000 honored picket lines for 40 days - 2000
- David Prosten