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Here’s today's labor history: On this date in 1995, Detroit newspaper workers began a 19-month strike against the Gannett and Knight-Ridder newspaper chains. The strike was to become a lockout, which lasted four more years. In the end, the unions were forced to agree to contracts on management’s terms.
Today’s labor quote is by Joe Burns, a union negotiator, labor lawyer, and former local union president, who said:
“Labor history is littered with defeats that sowed the seeds of victory for workers. By learning lessons, fighting smarter, and, most important, challenging illegitimate legal restrictions on the right to strike, our ancestors built a powerful labor movement capable of transforming society. It is still possible.”
Joe Burns is the author of “Reviving The Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America.”