Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. On this week’s show: With the looming possibility of yet another government shutdown on Friday, labor archivist Ben Blake talks about efforts to “document the now” during the recent shutdown, and political science professor Marissa Martino Golden reveals that even with a president attempting to turn agency policy 180 degrees, most career civil servants are focused on doing their jobs. Interviews by Alan Wierdak and Patrick Dixon.
Western Federation of Miners strike for 8-hour day - 1903
Jimmy Hoffa born in Brazil, Ind., son of a coal miner. Disappeared July 30, 1975, declared dead seven years later - 1913
Striking workers at Detroit’s newspapers, out since previous July, offer to return to work. The offer is accepted five days later but the newspapers vow to retain some 1,200 scabs. A court ruling the following year ordered as many as 1,100 former strikers reinstated - 1997
Labor history courtesy Union Communication Services.