Here’s today’s labor history:
In 1917, 50,000 lumberjacks struck for the eight-hour day.
On this date in 1931, Robert Gray, an African-American sharecropper and leader of the Share Croppers Union, was murdered in Cap Hill, Alabama.
And in 1959, a half-million steelworkers began what was to become a 116-day strike that shuttered nearly every steel mill in the country. Management wanted to dump contract language limiting its ability to change the number of workers assigned to a task or to introduce new work rules or machinery that would result in reduced hours or fewer employees.
Today’s labor quote is by US Senator Bernie Sanders:
"The average American today is underpaid, overworked and stressed out as to what the future will bring for his or her children. For many, the American dream has become a nightmare."