Here's today's labor history:
On this date in 1972, a coal slag heap doubling as a dam in West Virginia’s Buffalo Creek Valley collapsed, flooding the 17-mile long valley. 118 died and 5,000 were left homeless. The Pittston Coal Company claimed it was "an act of God."
In 2004, a 20-week strike by 70,000 Southern California supermarket workers ended, with both sides claiming victory.
Today's labor quote is by Gene Debs:
“I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.”
Eugene Victor Debs was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World, and five times the candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States