Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1937, sixty-three sit-down strikers, demanding recognition of their union, were tear-gassed and driven from two Fansteel Metallurgical Corporation plants in Chicago. Two years later the U.S. Supreme Court declared sit-down strikes illegal. The tactic had been a major industrial union organizing tool.
In 1992, two locals of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, struck in sympathy with 1,300 graduate student teaching assistants who were demanding the right to negotiate with the university.
Today’s labor quote is by Congressman Barney Frank:
“People talk about how a rising tide lifts all boats. For some people a rising tide is a very bad thing. For people who don’t have a boat and who are standing on their tip toes to keep their heads above water, a rising tide is not a welcome prospect.”
Barney Frank served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013.