Today in Labor History – March 14th

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Textile manufacturers surrendered and gave in to most of the demands made by Lawrence, Massachusetts textile workers. The IWW-organized strike involved 32,000 mostly immigrant women and children and lasted 10 weeks – 1912

As we go marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, & we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses

The Movie “Salt of the Earth” opens. The classic film centers on a long and difficult strike led by Mexican-American and Anglo zinc miners in New Mexico. Real miners perform in the film, in which the miners’ wives – as they did in real life – take to the picket lines after the strikers are enjoined – 1954

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