Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. On this week’s show, Patrick Dixon interviews union organizer and labor historian Doug Nesbitt about the 1995 general strike by forty thousand workers in London, Ontario, Canada. We’ve also dug up a great clip of linguist, philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky talking about what’s needed to organize a general strike.
And we talk with labor historian Leon Fink about why the AFL-CIO in 1967 declared its strong support for the increasingly unpopular war in Viet Nam.
First sit-down strike in U.S. called by IWW at General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y. - 1906
International Human Rights Day, commemorating the signing at the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, in part: “Everyone has the right to form and join trade unions for the protection of his interests” - 1948
American Federation of Teachers Local 89 in Atlanta, Georgia disaffiliates from the national union because of an AFT directive that all its locals integrate. A year later, the AFT expelled all locals that refused to do so - 1956
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Labor history courtesy Union Communication Services