For this week's labor events, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1912, the Westmoreland County Coal Strike—known as the "Slovak strike" because some 70 percent of the 15,000 strikers were Slovakian immigrants—began in Pennsylvania continued for nearly 16 months before ending in defeat. Sixteen miners and family members were killed during the strike.
In 1933, spurred by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the U.S. Congress began its 100 days of enacting New Deal legislation. Just one of many programs established to help Americans survive the Great Depression was the Civilian Conservation Corps, which put 2.5 million young men on the government payroll to help in national conservation and infrastructure projects.
And in 1974, work began on the $8 billion, 800-mile-long Alaska Oil pipeline connecting oil fields in northern Alaska to the sea port at Valdez. Tens of thousands of people worked on the pipeline, enduring long hours, cold temperatures and brutal conditions. At least 32 died on the job.
Today’s labor quote is by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who said:
"If I were a worker in a factory, the first thing I would do would be to join a union."