Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1918, a Mediation Commission appointed by President Woodrow Wilson found that "industry’s failure to deal with unions" was the prime reason for labor strife in war industries.
In 1939, the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union led the Missouri Highway sit-down of 1,700 families. They had been evicted from their homes so landowners wouldn't have to share government crop subsidy payments with them.
In 2003, the Bush administration declared that federal airport security screeners would not be allowed to unionize so as not to "complicate" the war on terrorism. The decision was challenged and eventually overturned.
Today’s labor quote is by Ralph Fasanella: "I didn't paint my paintings to hang in some rich guy's living room."
Ralph Fasanella, who also said: “I'm a society minded guy. I'm committed to life. But I can't shut myself off from the past. I don't forget yesterday, so I know who I am today. I hang onto what I was yesterday, so I know what I'm going to do tomorrow."