On today’s labor calendar, rampant corporate environmental hooliganism, labor exploitation, and union-busting by one of the nation’s largest meat producers are the topic tonight as author Lynn Waltz and Smithfield organizer Gene Bruskin discuss Waltz’ new book “Hog Wild: The Battle for Workers’ Rights at the World’s Largest Slaughterhouse” tonight at 6pm at the Takoma Busboys and Poets; free but RSVP at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1937, the Women’s Day Massacre took place in Youngstown, Ohio, when police used tear gas on the women and children, including at least one infant in his mother's arms, during a strike at Republic Steel.
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Today’s labor quote is by a union organizer who witnessed the 1937 Women’s Day Massacre, who said:
"When I got there I thought the Great War had started over again. Gas was flying all over the place and shots flying and flares going up and it was the first time I had ever seen anything like it in my life..."
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