Here’s today’s labor history:
Striking New York longshoremen met on this date in 1882 to discuss ways to keep new immigrants from scabbing. They were successful, at least for a time. On July 14, 500 newly arrived Jews marched straight from their ship to the union hall. On July 15, 250 Italian immigrants stopped scabbing on the railroad and joined the union.
In 1903, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones began "The March of the Mill Children", when, accompanied part of the way by children, she walked from Philadelphia to President Theodore Roosevelt's home on Long Island to protest the plight of child laborers. One of her demands: reduce the childrens' work week to 55 hours,
In 1910, cloakmakers began what was to be a two-month strike against New York City sweatshops.
And on this date in 1998, some 500,000 people participated when a two-day general strike was called in Puerto Rico by more than 60 trade unions and many other organizations. They were protesting privatization of the island's telephone company.
Today’s labor quote is by Mother Jones:
“In Georgia where children work day and night in the cotton mills they have just passed a bill to protect song birds. What about the little children from whom all song is gone?”