Lessons from the Burgerville Workers Union: Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. On this week’s show: Patrick Dixon talks with Luis Brennan, one of the Burgerville Workers Union organizers in Portland, Oregon. And, inspired by the recent legal victory by nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Alan, Ben and Chloe scoured the University of Maryland’s Meany Labor Archives for some cool things illustrating the history of organizing by health care workers. Plus: the conclusion of our discussion with Clint Burelson and Len Shindel about two historic 1970 strikes: the wildcat by 200,000 postal workers and a strike by 150 Garrett County roads workers in western MD.
Striking African-American auto workers are attacked by KKK, National Workers League, and armed White workers at Belle Isle amusement park in Detroit. Two days of riots follow, 34 people are killed, more than 1,300 arrested - 1943
Evelyn Dubrow (photo), described by the New York Times as organized labor's most prominent lobbyist at the time of its greatest power, dies at age 95. The Int’l Ladies' Garment Workers Union lobbyist once told the Times that "she trudged so many miles around Capitol Hill that she wore out 24 pairs of her size 4 shoes each year." She retired at age 86 – 2006
A report issued by the National Center for Education Statistics says that nearly one in five teachers hold down an income-producing job outside the classroom - 2018
Labor history courtesy Union Communication Services