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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1888, the Ladies Federal Labor Union Number 2703, based in Illinois, was granted a charter from the American Federation of Labor. Women from a wide range of occupations were among the members, who ultimately were successful in coalescing women’s groups interested in suffrage, temperance, health, housing and child labor reform to win state legislation in these areas.
In 1944, extinguishing the light of hope in the hearts and aspirations of workers around the world, the Mexican government abolished siestas—a mid-afternoon nap and work break which lengthened the work day but got people through brutally hot summer days.
In 1966, farm workers under the banner of the new United Farm Workers Organizing Committee struck at Texas’s La Casita Farms, demanding $1.25 as a minimum hourly wage.
Today’s labor quote is by Cesar Chavez
“I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice.”