Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Steve Jones, from the labor jazz opera “Love Songs from the Liberation Wars”
We are the voices of rebellion
The writing on the wall
We sing the songs of freedom
The witness to the fall
We bring you the love songs
From the liberation wars
The songs that heal
And remind us
What we’re fighting for

“Love Songs” performances are this Thursday, Friday andSaturday (Saturday’s shows are nearly sold out); click here for details and tickets.

March 30 
Chicago stockyard workers win 8-hour day – 1918

At the height of the Great Depression, 35,000 unemployed march in New York’s Union Square. Police beat many demonstrators, injuring 100 – 1930

The federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act is enacted – 1970

Harry Bridges, Australian-born dock union leader, dies at age 88. He helped form and lead the Int’l Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) for 40 years. A Bridges quote: “The most important word in the language of the working class is ‘solidarity’” – 1990

Leaders of the Screen Actors Guild announce that the membership has voted to merge with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, creating the 150,000-member SAG-AFTRA – 2012

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