Here's today's labor history:
On this date in 1913, Joe Hill’s song “There is Power in a Union” appeared in the Little Red Song Book, published by the Wobblies.
In 1930, with the Great Depression underway, hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers demonstrated in some 30 cities and towns; close to 100,000 filled Union Square in New York City and were attacked by mounted police.
And in 1972, predominantly young workers at a Lordstown, Ohio, GM assembly plant staged a wildcat strike, largely in objection to the grueling work pace: at 101.6 cars per hour, their assembly line was believed to be the fastest in the world.
Today's labor quote is by Joe Hill, from the first stanza of his song “There Is Power in a Union”:
There is power in a factory, power in the land
Power in the hands of a worker
But it all amounts to nothing if together we don't stand
There is power in a Union