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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1874, the original Tompkins Square Riot took place. As unemployed workers demonstrated in New York's Tompkins Square Park, a detachment of mounted police charged into the crowd, beating men, women and children with billy clubs.
In 1919, Chicano citrus workers struck in Covina, California.
And in 1924, as the nation debated a constitutional amendment to rein in the widespread practice of brutally overworking children in factories and fields, U.S. District Judge G.W. McClintic expressed concern, instead, about child idleness.
Today’s labor quote is by Lane Kirkland:
“If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves.”
Lane Kirkland was President of the AFL-CIO from 1979 to 1995.