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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1931, 400 coal miners marched through the streets of Estevan, Saskatchewan, with their wives and children. The miners were striking over union recognition, hours of work, wages, and working and living conditions. When they refused to disperse, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shot and killed one of the workers and a battle ensued that resulted in three men dead and a number of others seriously injured.
Today’s labor quote is by J. David Cox Sr., President of the American Federation of Government Employees:
“Doctors will tell you that the best cure for any disease is prevention. This shutdown is a disease that is threatening to infect the American people. But it’s entirely preventable. All Congress needs to do is pass a budget to keep the government open.”