Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1882, striking New York longshoremen met to discuss ways to keep new immigrants from strikebreaking, or scabbing. They were successful, at least for a time. On July 14, 500 newly arrived Jews marched straight from their ship to the union hall. On July 15, 250 Italian immigrants stopped scabbing on the railroad and joined the union.
In 1903, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones began "The March of the Mill Children," when, accompanied part of the way by children, she walked from Philadelphia to President Theodore Roosevelt's home on Long Island to protest the plight of child laborers. One of her demands was to reduce the childrens' work week to 55 hours.
And in 1998, some 500,000 people participated when a two-day general strike was called in Puerto Rico by more than 60 trade unions and many other organizations. They were protesting privatization of the island's telephone company.
Today’s labor quote is by Mother Jones
Mother Jones, who said: "The employment of children is doing more to fill prisons, insane asylums, almshouses, reformatories, slums, and gin shops than all the efforts of reformers are doing to improve society."