On this date in 1924, the Ku Klux Klan attacked members of the Industrial Workers of the World at the IWW’s meeting hall in San Pedro, California, during a benefit for the families of two workers killed in a railroad accident. The KKK beat many of the 300 members; kidnapped, tarred, and feathered others; destroyed everything inside the building; and scalded two children by burning them with a pot of coffee.
In 1911 striking transport workers in Liverpool, England called for a general strike when the employers’ Shipping Federation refused to negotiate with the unions affiliated with the Transport Workers Federation. The strike was a success and within weeks the workers’ demands were met, inspiring a wave of similarly successful strikes by other industries in the city over the following months.
Today’s labor quote is by the Industrial Workers of the World
“The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.”
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