On this date in 1852, the earliest recorded strike by Chinese immigrants to the U.S. occurred when stonemasons brought to San Francisco to build the three-story Parrott granite building - made from Chinese prefabricated blocks - struck for higher pay.
In 1966, some 35,000 members of the Machinists union began what was to become a 43-day strike – the largest in airline history – against five carriers. The mechanics and other ground service workers wanted to share in the airlines’ substantial profits.
And in 1971, New York City drawbridge tenders, in a dispute with the state over pension issues, left a dozen bridges open, snarling traffic in what the Daily News described as "the biggest traffic snafu in the city's history."
Today’s labor quote is by Cesar Chavez, who said
"Ours is an economic struggle, a genuine struggle, and people don’t give up on those very easily – any more than on religion. If we had any other kind of struggle we’d be dead."
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