Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Today in Labor History

March 8, 1908: Thousands of garment workers demonstrate for higher wages, a shorter workday, and an end to child labor, becoming the basis for International Women’s Day.

March 8, 1924: Three explosions at a Utah Fuel Co. mine kill 171 workers ranging in age from 15 to 73. All were immigrants from Greece, Italy, England, Scotland, Wales, Japan and Austria.

March 8, 1979: César Chávez leads 5,000 striking farm workers through the streets of Salinas, CA 

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