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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1917, three hundred newsboys organized to protest a cut in pay by the Minneapolis Tribune.
In 1977, legal secretary Iris Rivera was fired for refusing to make coffee, sparking protests by secretaries across Chicago.
And on this date in 1987, the 170-day lockout of 22,000 steelworkers by USX Corp. ended with a pay cut but greater job security. It was the longest work stoppage in the history of the U.S. steel industry.
Today’s labor quote is by Saint Francis of Assisi:
“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
Francis of Assisi was a Roman Catholic friar and the founder of the Order of Friars Minor, more commonly known as the Franciscans.