Today in Labor History – March 30th

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Chicago stockyard workers win 8-hour day – 1918

At the height of the Great Depression, 35,000 unemployed march in New York’s Union Square. Police beat many demonstrators, injuring 100 – 1930

The federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act is enacted – 1970

Harry Bridges, Australian-born dock union leader, dies at age 88. He helped form and lead the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) for 40 years. A Bridges quote: “The most important word in the language of the working class is ‘solidarity’” – 1990.

 

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