Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. Film critic Pat Aufderheide on “Salt of the Earth,” the blacklisted 1954 film now recognized as one of the greatest American films ever made; labor historian Joe McCartin on the human cost of the Erie Canal (right), and the Meany Labor Archives’ Ben Blake delves into the American Federation of Labor pamphlet collection. Plus Salt of the Earth by Joan Baez, Erie Canal by Bruce Springsteen and the Erie Canal Rap, by MC LaLa.
What many believe to be the first formal training on first aid in American history took place at the Windsor Hotel in Jermyn, Penn., when Dr. Matthew J. Shields instructed 25 coal miners on ways to help their fellow miners. Upon completion of the course each of the miners was prepared and able to render first aid. The training led to marked decreases in serious mining injuries and fatalities - 1899
Some 25,000 silk dye workers strike in Paterson, N.J. - 1934
In what becomes known as the Great Hawaiian Dock Strike, a 6-month struggle to win wage parity with mainland dock workers, ends in victory - 1949
The Tribune Co. begins a brutal 5-month-long lockout at the New York Daily News, part of an effort to bust the newspaper’s unions - 1990
John Sweeney, president of the Service Employees Int’l Union, elected president of AFL-CIO – 1995
After a two-year fight, workers at the Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica, Calif., win a union contract calling for pay increases, better breaks and other gains. - 2011
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