Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Today in Labor History—August 30

August 30, 1834 - Union delegates from New York, Boston, Philadelphia and other East Coast cities met to form the National Trades Union, which united craft unions to oppose the wealth of a tiny minority. Although they were active for just a few years, the NTU paved the way for more than 60 new unions. (From Workday Minnesota)

August 30, 1971 – Ten empty school buses were blown up in Pontiac, Michigan to prevent the daily bussing of 8,700 children to achieve racial balance in the city's schools. (From the Daily Bleed)

1 comment:

  1. I was one of the 8700 their writeing about. My house was about 2500 feet away from the explosion site. I remember it was around 9;00 pm Sunday hight. I was changing a light bulb in the kitchen when the house shaked from the explosion. Had to walk a mile and a half just to get on the busses to take us across town to our school. It was messed up but nessary.