Today in Labor History – October 30th

labor history october 30

Ed Meese

In an escalation of their attempts to intimidate and run the Industrial Workers of World out of Everett, Washington, Sheriff Donald McRae and his deputies rounded up 41 Wobblies who had come to town to support striking shingle workers, beat them, and forced them to run through a gauntlet of “law and order” officials armed with clubs and whips.  The IWW would return, however, with greater numbers on November 5. – 1916

Ed Meese, Attorney General in the Ronald Reagan administration, urged employers to begin spying on workers “in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mailroom areas and even the nearby taverns” to try to catch them using drugs. – 1986

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