Wendy Kahn will discuss this case on today’s “Your Rights At Work” show at 1pm this afternoon here on WPFW, plus we’ll have longtime union organizer Gene Bruskin on to talk about his new labor musical “Pray for the Dead: A Musical Tale of Morgues, Moguls, & Mutiny.”
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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1884, Federal troops drove some 1,200 jobless workers from Washington D.C. Led by unemployed activist Charles "Hobo" Kelley, the group included young journalist Jack London and William Haywood, a young miner-cowboy called "Big Bill."
In 1917, one hundred "platform men" employed by the privately owned United Railroads streetcar service in San Francisco abandoned their streetcars, tying up many of the main lines in and out of the city center.
And on this date in 2013, Maine lobster fishers formed a local of the Machinists union as they faced a 40-year low price for their catches. By October, they had signed up 600 members.
Today’s labor quote is by Jack London
“Judas Iscariot was a traitor to his God; Benedict Arnold was a traitor to his country; a strikebreaker is a traitor to his God, his country, his wife, his family and his class.”
Jack London was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist.