This week’s Labor History Today podcast: Painters join Black Lives Matter protests; the history of black police in America; Race and Rebellion
Last week’s show: Labor supports DC Black Lives Matter protests; “Debs In Canton” preview; Revisiting The Battle of Homestead; Voices of exiled Iranian workers.
The Metal Trades Department of what is now the AFL-CIO is founded - 1908
The Congress of Industrial Organizations expels the Fur and Leather Workers union and the American Communications Association for what it describes as communist activities - 1947
Battle of Century City, as police in Los Angeles attack some 500 janitors and their supporters during a peaceful Service Employees International Union demonstration against cleaning contractor ISS. The event generated public outrage that resulted in recognition of the workers' union and spurred the creation of an annual June 15 Justice for Janitors Day – 1990
- David Prosten; photo: Group of striking fur girls at picnic: Shops reopen, but workers remain out (1912)