And labor historian Joe McCartin talks about “Class and the Challenge of COVID-19.”
(audio clip McCartin) Working class culture and workers movements have long carried within their DNA. The antidote to what now? Friends us, the Provence 19 pandemic reminds us of the timeless truth. Of the principal once popularized by the Nobel and Holy order of the Knights of labor, the largest workers' organization in 19th century America who taught an injury to one must be the concern of all.”
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In today’s labor history, on this date in 1900, ground was broken on the first section of the New York City subway system, from City Hall to the Bronx.
Today’s labor quote is by AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, reacting to Senate Republicans’ $1.3 trillion dollar stimulus package to aid businesses reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. Richard Trumka, who said the proposal would face heavy opposition from unions because there’s no guarantee money would flow to workers, called it “an utter disgrace.”
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