Here’s today’s labor history:
History’s first recorded strike took place in 1170 BC, by Egyptians working on public works projects for King Ramses the Third in the Valley of the Kings. They were protesting having gone 20 days without pay—portions of grain—and put down their tools. The strike so terrified the authorities they gave in and raised wages.
In 1935, Mine Workers President John L. Lewis walked away from the American Federation of Labor to lead the newly-formed Committee for Industrial Organization. The CIO and the unions created under its banner organized six million industrial workers over the following decade.
And in 1956, the first meeting between members of the newly-formed National Football League Players Association and team owners took place in New York City. Union founders included Frank Gifford, Norm Van Brocklin, Don Shula and Kyle Rote. They were asking for a minimum $5,000 dollar salary, a requirement that teams pay for their equipment, and a provision for the continued payment of salary to injured players. The players’ initial demands were ignored.
Today’s labor quote is by John L. Lewis
“No tin-hat brigade of goose-stepping vigilantes or bibble-babbling mob of blackguarding and corporation paid scoundrels will prevent the onward march of labor, or divert its purpose to play its natural and rational part in the development of the economic, political and social life of our nation.”