Today in Labor History – December 31st

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Joseph “Jock” Yablonski

60,000 unemployed workers rallied at Pitt Stadium in Pittsburgh, near Father Cox’s Shantytown. The shantytown lasted from 1929 to 1932 and was the staging base for the Reverend James Cox’s unemployed army. – 1931

United Mine Workers reformer Joseph “Jock” Yablonski, his wife and daughter are murdered by hitmen hired by union president Tony Boyle, who was to be convicted of the crime and eventually die in prison – 1969

OSHA adopts a grain handling facilities standard to protect 155,000 workers at nearly 24,000 grain elevators from the risk of fire and explosion from highly combustible grain dust – 1987

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