Here’s this week's Labor Quiz: Most folks know that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister, social activist, and leader in the American civil rights movement who was assassinated in 1968 while helping striking sanitation workers in Memphis. But did you know his birth name was not Martin? Was it Carl, Kenneth, Michael, Thomas, or none of these? Go to unionist.com and click on Labor Quiz to submit your answer and you could be this week’s winner!
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1920, some 3,000 members of the Filipino Federation of Labor struck the plantations of Oahu, Hawaii. Their ranks swelled to more than 8,000 as they were joined by members of the Japanese Federation of Labor.
In 1986, Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at a benefit for laid-off 3M workers in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Today’s labor quote is from Bruce Springsteen’s 1986 hit “My Hometown”:
Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores
Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more
They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown