Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1909, police arrested 150 in an IWW free speech fight in Spokane, Washington.
In 1920, railroad union leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs received nearly a million votes for president while imprisoned for opposing World War I.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill designating a federal holiday honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to be observed on the third Monday of January.
And in 1989, Carmen Fasanella retired after 68 years and 243 days of taxicab service in Princeton, New Jersey, earning himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. He started driving at age 17 and, reportedly, chauffeured Princeton Professor Albert Einstein around town.
Today’s labor quote is by Albert Einstein, explaining why he joined the American Federation of Teachers local 552 as a charter member in 1938:
“I consider it important, indeed urgently necessary, for intellectual workers to get together, both to protect their own economic status and, also generally speaking, to secure their influence in the political field.”