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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1886, newly unionized brewery workers in San Francisco, mostly German socialists, declared victory after the city’s breweries gave in to their demands. Those demands included free beer, the closed shop, a 10-hour day, 6-day week and the freedom to live anywhere; they had typically been required to live in the breweries.
In 1916, a bomb was set off during a "Preparedness Day" parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring 40 more. Tom Mooney, a labor organizer, and Warren Billings, a shoe worker, were convicted of the crime, but both were pardoned 23 years later.
Today’s labor quote is by Suzy Kassem
“In another thirty to fifty years, the demand for cheap labor will have produced even more machines over the employment of actual humans. And in that time frame, humans will have lost their voice, their power, all freedoms, and all worth. It is inevitable that machines will one day become the ultimate enemies of mankind. We are not evolving or progressing with our technology, only regressing. Technology is our friend today, but will be our enemy in the future.”
― Suzy Kassem is an American writer, film director, philosopher, author, and poet.