On today’s labor calendar, I’ll be hosting “Your Rights at Work” at noon today here on WPFW. Labor Heritage Foundation Executive Director Elise Bryant co-hosts; guests include Labor 411's Cherri Senders on how to make it a union holiday in the nation's capital, Will Fischer of the AFL-CIO's Veteran's Council and "Pray for the Dead" author Gene Bruskin. Plus your calls on rights at work!
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1913, seventy-two copper miners’ children died in a panic caused by a company stooge at Calumet, Michigan who shouted “fire” up the stairs into a crowded hall where the children had gathered. They were crushed against closed doors when they tried to flee.
Today’s labor quote is by Woody Guthrie, from his song “1913 Massacre” about the Calumet tragedy:
Such a terrible sight I never did see
We carried our children back up to their tree
The scabs outside still laughed at their spree
And the children that died there were seventy three
The piano played a slow funeral tune
And the town was lit up by a cold Christmas moon
The parents they cried and the miners they moaned
"See what your greed for money has done"