Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Today in Labor History—October 5

October 5, 1934 – 40,000 miners and iron workers went on strike against the right wing government, seizing towns around Gijon. The uprising in the mining districts of Asturias, Spain, was followed by intense repression during which thousands of miners were executed, thousands more were tortured and 30-40,000 were imprisoned. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 5, 1958 – Clinton, Tennessee high school, which had been desegregated in 1956, was blown up by segregationists. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 5, 1976 - The United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Co. ended a three-week strike by agreeing to a contract that included an increase in vacation days and improved retirement and unemployment benefits. (From Workday Minnesota)

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