Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: John Sweeney
“When fewer workers have unions, the standard of living falls for everyone and the gap between the rich and poor grows.”
October 26
After eight years and at least 1,000 worker deaths—mostly Irish immigrants—the 350-mile Erie Canal opens, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Father John Raho wrote to his bishop that “so many die that there is hardly any time to give Extreme Unction (last rites) to everybody. We run night and day to assist the sick.” – 1825

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