Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1885, a 7-day streetcar strike began in Chicago after several workers were unfairly fired. Wrote the police chief at the time, describing the strikers’ response to scabs: "One of my men said he was at the corner of Halsted and Madison Streets, and although he could see fifty stones in the air, he couldn't tell where they were coming from." The strike was settled to the workers’ satisfaction.
In 1936, the IWW struck Weyerhauser and other Idaho lumber camps.
On this date in 1934, an Executive Order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the National Labor Relations Board. A previous organization, the National Labor Board, had been struck down by the Supreme Court.
And in 1936, Jesus Pallares, founder of the 8,000-member coal miners union, Liga Obrera de Habla Espanola, was deported as an "undesirable alien." The union operated in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.
Today’s labor quote is by Eugene Debs, who said:
“I would not be a capitalist; I would be a man; you cannot be both at the same time.”