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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1921, Sid Hatfield, the police chief of Matewan, West Virginia and a longtime supporter of the United Mine Workers union, is murdered by company goons. This soon led to the Battle of Blair Mountain, one of the largest civil uprisings in American history.
In 1942, the American Federation of Musicians began a strike against the major American recording companies in a fight over royalty payments. Decca Records settled with the union after one year, followed shortly by Capitol Records, while Victor and Columbia held out for another year before agreeing to the union’s terms. The strike did not affect musicians performing on live radio shows or in concerts.
Today’s labor quote is by President Barack Obama, at the Democratic National Convention last week:
“Our power comes from those immortal declarations first put to paper right here in Philadelphia all those years ago; We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that together, We, the People, can form a more perfect union. That’s who we are. That’s our birthright—the capacity to shape our own destiny.
That’s what drove patriots to choose revolution over tyranny and our GIs to liberate a continent. It’s what gave women the courage to reach for the ballot, and marchers to cross a bridge in Selma, and workers to organize and fight for better wages.”