Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1865, the coffee percolator was patented by James H. Mason of Franklin, Massachusetts, placing millions of caffeine-dependent working people forever in his debt.
In 1936, auto workers began a sit-down strike for union recognition at GM’s Fisher Body plant in Cleveland, Ohio. Two days later, the strike spread to the plant in Flint, Michigan, and continued until GM recognized the United Auto Workers as the bargaining agent for its employees in February 1937.
In 1952, country music legend Hank Williams attended what was to be his last musicians’ union meeting, at the Elite (pronounced E-light) Café in Montgomery, Alabama. He died of heart failure three days later in the back seat of a car driving north. He was just 29 years old.
Today’s labor quote is by Hank Williams, from his song "Wealth Won't Save Your Soul"
THE RICH MAN LIKE ALL, WILL BE JUDGED AT THAT TIME,
BUT ALL OF HIS WEALTH, WILL BE LEFT BEHIND.
FOR NO MATTER HOW MUCH EARTHLY WEALTH YOU GET HOLD,
WELL MY FRIEND IT WON'T SAVE, YOUR POOR WICKED SOUL.