today's labor history
Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. Union City's Chris Garlock hosts, with Joe McCartin, Patrick Dixson and Chris Bangert-Drowns. On this week's show: founding of the American Federation of Teachers; first McDonald’s opens, leading to "McJobs"; 20,000 blockade meetings of the World Bank and IMF in D.C. Plus Saul Schniderman on A. Philip Randolph, the IBEW's Curtis Bateman on the strike by the first women-led American union, and music including Elizabeth Perry’s “Oklahoma Teacher Walkout Fight Song,” JY Media’s “mcjobs” and Seun Kuti’s “IMF.”
In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the nation’s “Furniture City,” more than 6,000 immigrant workers—Germans, Dutch, Lithuanians and Poles—put down their tools and struck 59 factories for four months in what was to become known as the Great Furniture Strike - 1911
An American domestic terrorist’s bomb destroys the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, 99 of whom were government employees - 1995
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