Today in Labor History – November 23rd

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Army troops were sent to Cripple Creek, Colorado to put down a rebellion by striking coal miners. 600 union members were thrown into a military bullpen, and held for weeks without charges. When a lawyer arrived with a writ of habeas corpus, General Bell, who led the repression, responded “Habeas corpus, hell! We’ll give ‘em post mortems!”  – 1903

Mine Workers President John L. Lewis quit the American Federation of Labor to the lead the new Congress of Industrial Organizations, which was rapidly organizing workers in steel, auto, rubber and other major industries – 1935

Workers employed at Walmart — the nation’s largest private-sector employer — strike nationwide for better wages and working conditions. Walmart, whose net sales in 2011 were 443.9 billion, pays its 1.4 million workers in the U.S. an average of 8.81/hour. A third of Walmart’s employees work less than 28 hours a week and don’t qualify for benefits – 2012

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