On this weekend's labor calendar, the Films Across Borders series continues on Saturday with a screening of "Pelle the Conqueror" at noon at the AFI in Silver Spring; details at dclabor.org, click on calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1933, a sit-down strike began at a Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota, leading to the creation of the Independent Union of All Workers. Labor historians believe this may have been the first sit-down strike of the 1930s. Workers held the plant for three days, demanding a wage increase. Some 400 men crashed through the plant entrance and chased out nonunion workers.
Today’s labor quote is by strikers at the Hormel plant in 1933, who rushed through the doors of a conference room where Jay Hormel and five company executives were meeting and declared: “We’re taking possession. So move out.”
Within four days the company agreed to binding arbitration.