Today in Labor History – September 13th

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The Post Office Department orders 25,000 railway mail clerks to shoot to kill any bandits attempting to rob the mail – 1926

3 workers died during a strike in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, fighting for a minimum wage for textile workers. Over the course of September, more than 420,000 workers joined the strike – 1934

Eleven AFSCME-represented prison employees, 33 inmates die in four days of rioting at New York State’s Attica Prisonand the retaking of the prison. The riot caused the nation to take a closer look at prison conditions, for inmates and their guards alike – 1971

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