Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Lucy Parsons
“Strike not for a few cents more an hour, because the price of living will be raised faster still, but strike for all you earn. Be content with nothing less.”
– Parsons was a labor organizer and helped found the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) (see Today’s Labor History)

January 18
U.S. Supreme Court rules in Moyer v. Peabody that a governor and officers of a state National Guard may imprison anyone—in the case at hand, striking miners in Colorado—without probable cause “in a time of insurrection” and deny the person the right of appeal – 1909

“Take This Job and Shove It,” by Johnny Paycheck, is listed by Billboard magazine as the most popular song in the U.S. – 1978
(Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class is a remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s.)

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