This week's Labor History Today podcast: Cutting along the Color Line; Quincy Mills, Professor of History at the University of Maryland in College Park on black barbers, the evolution of their trade, and its political meaning as a skilled form of labor.
Last week’s show: Cordwainers strike of 1805
Ford Motor Company raises wages from $2.40 for a 9-hour day to $5 for an 8 hour day in effort to keep the unions out - 1914
Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins. Ten of the eleven deaths on the job came when safety netting beneath the site – the first-ever use of such equipment – failed under the stress of a scaffold that had fallen. Nineteen other workers were saved by the net over the course of construction. They became members of the (informal) Halfway to Hell Club - 1933
- David Prosten