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    TODAY'S LABOR HISTORY

    This week’s Labor History Today podcast: Marvel Cooke, a Journalist for Working People. Last week’s show: Why America’s most radical union shut down ports on Juneteenth.

    What is to be a 7-day streetcar strike begins in Chicago after several workers are unfairly fired. Wrote the police chief at the time, describing the strikers’ response to scabs: "One of my men said he was at the corner of Halsted and Madison Streets, and although he could see fifty stones in the air, he couldn't tell where they were coming from." The strike was settled to the workers’ satisfaction - 1885


    IWW strikes Weyerhauser and other Idaho lumber camps - 1936


    Jesus Pallares, founder of the 8,000-member coal miners union, Liga Obrera de Habla Esanola, is deported as an "undesirable alien." The union operated in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado - 1936


    - David Prosten

    Today's Labor Quote: Franklin D. Roosevelt

    From the Executive Order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he established the National Labor Relations Board on this date in 1934:

    "By preventing practices which tend to destroy the independence of labor, it seeks, for every worker with its scope, that freedom of choice and action which is justly his."

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