Today’s Labor History


Members of Gas House Workers’ Union Local 18799 begin what is to become a 4-month recognition strike against the Laclede Gas Light Co. in St. Louis. The union later said the strike was the first ever against a public utility in the U.S. (1935); Martin Luther King, Jr., (left) leads a march of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn. Violence during the march persuades him to return the following week to Memphis, where he was assassinated (1968)Complete labor history postings, plus more info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services.
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