Thursday, September 20, 2012

Today in Labor History—September 20

Chicago Stockyards, 1909

September 20, 1878 - Upton Sinclair was born in Baltimore, MD. Sinclair wrote the 1906 novel, The Jungle, which became famous for its vivid portrayal of the unsanitary conditions in Chicago meat packing houses. However, it was also an indictment of the bosses’ exploitation of workers, political corruption, union corruption, and the abuse of immigrants. (From Workday Minnesota)

September 20, 2000 – Riot police shot tear gas at striking teachers in La Paz, Bolivia. The strike was in its sixth day, demanding an increase in wages. (From the Daily Bleed)

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