On this date in 1937, a general strike by some 12,000 autoworkers and others in Lansing, Michigan shut down the city for a month in what was to become known as the city’s “Labor Holiday.” The strike was precipitated by the arrest of nine workers, including the wife of the auto workers local union president: The arrest left three children in the couple’s home unattended.
In 1996, the Labor Party's founding convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio. The brainchild of labor leader Tony Mazzocchi, the Party won the support of nine international unions and hundreds of local unions and central labor councils with a combined membership of more than a million workers, but ultimately it failed to last.
Today’s labor quote is by Tony Mazzocchi, who said that
“The bosses have two parties. We need one of our own.”
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