Here’s today’s labor history: on this date in 1951, the Bagel Bakers of America union continued a work slowdown at 32 of New York’s 34 bagel bakeries in a dispute over health and welfare fund payments and workplace sanitation. Smoked salmon sales were down as well, although the effect on the cream cheese market was not reported.
And on this date in 1977, eight female bank tellers in Willmar, Minnesota began the first strike against a bank in U.S. history. They walked out because they were paid little more than half what male tellers were paid. The strike ended in moral victory but economic defeat two years later.
Today’s labor quote is by president John F. Kennedy:
“We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.”