Today in Labor History – November 27th

Labor History November 27

1,200 workers sat down at Midland Steel, forcing recognition of the United Auto Workers in Detroit, Michigan. – 1936

The ILGWU-commissioned kitschy musical “Pins & Needles” opened on Broadway, with a cast made up entirely of International Lady Garment Worker Union members. Rehearsals were held at night and on weekends, and performances were all on Fridays and Saturdays to appease their bosses (i.e., in order to keep their jobs). It ran for 1,108 performances before closing. In 1962, a 25th anniversary edition of the score was released featuring Barbra Streisand. – 1937

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