Today in Labor History – April 19th

Oklahoma City bombing
Oklahoma City bombing

More than 6,000 furniture workers went on strike in Grand Rapids, Michigan, over hours, wages, working conditions, and the right to bargain collectively. The strike – which affected nearly all of the 60+ furniture manufacturers in the city – lasted throughout the summer, bringing much of the city to a standstill for four months. A monument, “The Spirit of Solidarity,” was dedicated in 2007 to the striking workers. – 1919

An American domestic terrorist’s bomb destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building, killing 168 people, 99 of whom were government employees. – 1995

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