This week’s Labor History Today podcast: MLK: All Labor Has Dignity
On today’s show, historian Michael Honey on “Wisconsin to Memphis: King's gospel of labor rights on the rebound,” from the Michigan State University School of Human Resources and Labor Relations’ "Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives" Brown Bag series. Also this week, Linda Donahue on the strike by 10,000 clothing workers in Rochester, NY.
Last week's show: (1/12): UAW’s Punch Press strike daily
10,000 clothing workers strike in Rochester, NY for the 8 hour day, a 10% wage increase, union recognition, and extra pay for overtime and holidays. Daily parades were held throughout the clothing district and there was at least one instance of mounted police charging the crowd of strikers and arresting 25 picketers. Six people were wounded over the course of the strike and one worker, 18 year old Ida Breiman, was shot to death by a sweatshop contractor. The strike was called off in April after manufacturers agreed not to discriminate against workers for joining a union - 1913
Krueger Cream Ale, the first canned beer, goes on sale in Richmond, Va. Pabst was the second brewer in the same year to sell beer in cans, which came with opening instructions and the suggestion: "cool before serving" - 1935
- David Prosten