On today's local labor calendar, check out “Pray for the Dead-A Musical Tale of Morgues, Moguls and Mutiny” tonight at 7:30pm. The performance benefits Reverend Graylan Hagler’s Plymouth Congregational Church. “Reverend Hagler and Plymouth have played a central role in many of the most progressive movements in our area for years," says the musical’s author, Gene Bruskin. "The church is undergoing extensive and expensive renovation to make it fully accessible and deserves the community’s full support.”
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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1875, striking textile workers in Fall River, Massachusetts demanded bread for their starving children.
In 1909, the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union began a strike against the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. This would become the "Uprising of the 20,000," resulting in 339 of 352 struck firms—but not Triangle—signing agreements with the union. The deadly Triangle fire that killed 246 -- mostly young women -- would occur less than two years later.
And in 2002, twenty-nine west coast ports locked out more than 10,000 workers. The ports were closed for 10 days, reopening only when President George W. Bush invoked the Taft-Hartley Act.
Today’s labor quote is by 19-year-old New York City textile worker Clara Lemlich, during the strikes and debates that led to the "Uprising of the 20,000":
“I have no further patience for talk as I am one of those who feels and suffers from the things pictured. I move that we go on a general strike...now!”
The audience rose to their feet and cheered, then voted to strike.