Today's Labor History
On this date in 1892, 20,000 workers, Black and White, staged a general strike in New Orleans, demanding union recognition and hour and wage gains.
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced plans for the Civil Works Administration to create four million additional jobs for the Depression-era unemployed. The workers ultimately laid 12 million feet of sewer pipe and built or made substantial improvements to 255,000 miles of roads, 40,000 schools, 3,700 playgrounds, and nearly 1,000 airports, not to mention 250,000 outhouses still badly needed in rural America.
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