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Here’s today’s labor history:
Local militiamen were called out against striking railroad workers in Pittsburgh on this date in 1877. The head of the Pennsylvania Railroad advised giving the strikers "a rifle diet for a few days and see how they like that kind of bread."
In 1964, the IWW led a strike at Hodgeman's Blueberry Farm in Grand Junction, Michigan.
In 1926, radio station WCFL, owned and operated by the Chicago Federation of Labor, took to the airwaves with two hours of music. The first and only labor-owned radio station in the country, WCFL was sold in 1979.
And on this date in 1984, a die-cast operator in Jackson, Michigan, was pinned by a hydraulic robot and died five days later. The incident was the first documented case in the U.S. of a robot killing a human.
Today’s labor quote is by Stanley Bing:
“What about passion, dedication, loyalty? Can a robot provide those? No! On the other hand, it's easier to retire a robot when its day is done.”
Stanley Bing is the pen name of Gil Schwartz, a business humorist and novelist.