Today in Labor History – April 4th

Martin Luther King Jr.

The first issue of The Labor Review, a “weekly magazine for organized workers”, was published in Minneapolis. Edna George, a cigar packer in Minneapolis, won $10 in gold for suggesting the name “Labor Review”, The Labor Review has been published continuously since then, currently as a monthly newspaper. – 1907

The unemployed rioted in New York City’s Union Square. – 1914

Longshoremen union leader Harry Bridges was convicted of lying about being a Communist. – 1950

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he has been supporting an AFSCME sanitation workers’ strike.Click To Tweet In the wake of this tragedy, riots broke out in many cities, including Washington, DC. – 1968

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