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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1896, militia were sent to Leadville, Colorado to break a miners’ strike.
In 1912, Mother Jones led a march of miners' children through the streets of Charleston, West Virginia.
And in 1991, members of five unions at the Frontier Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas began the longest successful hotel strike in U.S. history. All 550 workers honored the picket line for the entirety of the 6-year, 4-month, 10-day fight against management’s insistence on cutting wages and eliminating pensions.
Today’s labor quote is by Mother Jones, from the speech she made on this day in 1912 to striking coal miners in Charleston:
“…this crime, starvation and murder of the innocents, so they can fill the operators’ pockets, and build dog kennels for the workers. Is it right?”