This week’s Labor History Today: Organizing through the Divide
Author and historian Peter Rachleff and longtime labor educator and organizer Bill Fletcher Jr. explore labor’s connections to Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue. PLus: A union-made Halloween.
Contributors: Race Capitol podcast; Labor History in 2.
Last week’s show: O Canada, organize!
Some 3,000 dairy farmers demonstrate in Neillsville, Wisc., ultimately leading to the freeing of jailed leaders of a milk strike over low prices set by large dairy plants. Tons of fresh milk were dumped on public roads, trains carrying milk were stopped, some cheese plants were bombed during the fight - 1933
After a struggle lasting more than two years, 6,000 Steelworkers members at Bridgestone/Firestone win a settlement in which strikers displaced by scabs got their original jobs back. The fight started when management demanded that the workers accept 12-hour shifts - 1996
- David Prosten