Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1931, the Air Line Pilots Association was founded at a meeting in Chicago attended by 24 activists from across the country.
In 1935, hundreds of Transport Workers Union members descended on a New York City courthouse, offering their own money to bail out their president, Mike Quill, and four other union leaders arrested while making their way through Grand Central Station to union headquarters after picketing the IRT offices in lower Manhattan.
In 1939, President Roosevelt signed amendments to the 1935 Social Security Act, broadening the program to include dependents and survivors' benefits.
In 1954, construction on the St. Lawrence Seaway began. Ultimately 22,000 workers spent five years building the 2,342 mile route from the Atlantic to the northernmost part of the Great Lakes.
And in 2010, President Barack Obama signed a $26 billion bill designed to protect 300,000 teachers, police and others from layoffs spurred by budgetary crises in states hard-hit by the Great Recession.
Today’s labor quote is by Mike Quill, when reporters asked him about a judge’s orders to stop a 1966 strike of bus and subway workers:
“The judge can drop dead in his black robes, and we would not call off the strike. Personally, I don’t care if I rot in jail!”