Here’s today’s labor history:
The Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers was formed on this date in 1876. It partnered with the CIO’s Steel Workers Organizing Committee in 1935; both organizations disbanded in 1942 to form the United Steelworkers.
In 1919, 15,000 silk workers struck in Paterson, New Jersey for the 44 hour week.
And in 1997, 185,000 Teamsters began a successful 15-day strike at United Parcel Service over excessive use of part-timers.
Today’s labor quote is by Frederick Douglass:
“Men are whipped oftenest who are whipped easiest.”