“Shall the labor unions use their influence to deprive the black man of his opportunity to labor… [or] unite with those who want to give every man, regardless of color, race or creed, what Colonel Roosevelt calls the ‘square deal’ in the matters of labor?”
Writing in The Atlantic magazine in June, 1913
"So many die that there is hardly any time to give Extreme Unction to everybody. We run night and day to assist the sick"
Referring to workers on the Erie Canal (see Today's Labor History below); photo from The Wild Geese blog
“Contracting out of maintenance work, elimination of relief crews, excessive overtime, and paring of staff to the ‘bare bones’ set the stage for an explosion that was waiting to happen.”
On this date in 1989, an explosion and fire at Phillips Petroleum refinery in Pasadena, Texas, killed 23 and injured 314. AP photo/Ed Kolenovsky