Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1894, during a strike against the Pullman Palace Car Company, which had drastically reduced wages, buildings constructed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago's Jackson Park were set ablaze, reducing seven to ashes.
In 1934, the Battle of Rincon Hill took place in San Francisco, during a longshore strike. 5,000 strikers fought 1,000 police, scabs and national guardsmen. Two strikers were killed, 109 people were injured and the incident led to a General Strike.
And in 1935, the National Labor Relations Act, providing workers rights to organize and bargain collectively, passed in Congress.
Today’s labor quote is by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, when he signed the National Labor Relations Act into law
"A better relationship between labor and management is the high purpose of this Act. By assuring the employees the right of collective bargaining it fosters the development of the employment contract on a sound and equitable basis. By providing an orderly procedure for determining who is entitled to represent the employees, it aims to remove one of the chief causes of wasteful economic strife. By preventing practices which tend to destroy the independence of labor, it seeks, for every worker with its scope, that freedom of choice and action which is justly his."