Here's today's labor history:
On this date in 1910, a few weeks after workers asked for a 25-cent hourly wage, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company fired 173 union members and brought in replacements from New York City. Striker-scab battles and a general strike ensued.
In 1975, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in favor of sales clerk Leura Collins and her union, the Retail Clerks, in NLRB versus J. Weingarten Inc.—the case establishing that workers have a right to request the presence of their union steward if they believe they are to be disciplined for a workplace infraction.
And in 1986, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee signed an agreement with the Campbell Soup Co., ending a 7-year boycott.
Today's labor quote is from a Weingarten Rights card, which many union members carry at all times, with instructions to read word for word:
"If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative, officer, or steward be present at this meeting. Until my representative arrives, I choose not to participate in this discussion."