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Top news stories for June 22, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018
- GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for a renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.



This Week in Labor History - June 27 – July 3

“Capital organizes and therefore Labor must organize!" -President Theodore Roosevelt, Progressive Republican, Progressive Party Founder


Wednesday, June 27:

American icon, deaf, mute, blind Helen Keller, born Tuscumbia, Alabama. Author, Social Justice Activist, Socialist, proud IWW member. -1880

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), also known as the "Wobblies," is founded at a 12-day-long convention in Chicago. By 1909 the IWW were involved in the "Free Speech Fights" of the west including Missoula, MT and Spokane, WA, where several hundred members, arrested for reading such things as the US Constitution in public, filled the jails and overwhelmed the courts eventually winning free speech rights for all. The Wobblies, advocates of "One Big Union" and the General Strike, have proudly defended the U.S. Bill of Rights, fought for Democracy, social justice, and fought against Capitalistic tyranny for 113 years. -1905


Thursday, June 28:

Birthday of Matthew Maguire, New Jersey Union machinist, who in 1882, proposed to the CLU (Central Labor Union) the creation of the Labor Day holiday to celebrate United States workers. -1850

The federal government sues the Teamsters to force reforms on the Union, the nation's largest. The following March, the government and the Union sign a consent decree requiring direct election of the Union's president and creation of an Independent Review Board. -1988


Friday, June 29:

IWW strikes Weyerhauser and other Idaho lumber camps. The IWW organized and represented many lumber mills and loggers in the western states. -1936

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


Saturday, June 30:

One million railway shopmen strike. -1922

Alabama outlaws the leasing of convicts to coal mine owners, a practice that had been in place since 1848. 73 percent of the state's total revenue came from this source. 25 percent of all black leased convicts died. -1928

The Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, a Union whose roots traced back to the militant Western Federation of Miners, and which helped found the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), merges into the United Steelworkers of America. -1967

Anaconda Company suspends all operations in Butte. The massive wealth and profits flowed out of state while the taxpayer was left with a world-class poisonous mess. (Privatize the profits, socialize the cost - the ugly truth of U.S. “Free Market” Capitalism) -1983


Sunday, July 1:

Homestead, Pa., steel strike. 7 strikers were murdered as Andrew Carnegie hires armed thugs and Pinkertons to protect high profits by keeping wages at starvation levels and working conditions deadly. -1892

Copper miners begin a years-long, bitter strike against Phelps-Dodge in Clifton, Ariz. Democratic Gov. Bruce Babbitt repeatedly deployed state police and National Guardsmen to assist the company and protect profits over the course of the strike. -1983



Monday, July 2:

Bituminous coal miners begin a 10-week strike for safer working conditions and better pay. -1897

An auto worker at a Detroit Chrysler plant pulled out an M-1 carbine and killed 3 supervisors before he was subdued by UAW Union committeemen. A jury found Johnson innocent because of insanity after visiting and being shocked by what they considered the “maddening conditions” at Johnson's place of work. -1970


Tuesday, July 3:

Children, employed in the silk mills in Paterson, N.J., go on strike for 11-hour day and 6-day week. A compromise settlement resulted in a 69-hour work week for children laborers. -1835

Butte Montana: Mayor Lewis Duncan (Socialist) is attacked and stabbed in his office. Duncan shoots his attacker in self defense. Elected twice as a Socialist Mayor, Duncan's socialist policies ended corruption, increased public services, improved the city streets and sanitation, lowered infant mortality rates and brought Butte out of bankruptcy .  -1914


This Week in Labor History is compiled by Kevin D. Curtis


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Thursday, June 21, 2018
- President Donald Trump reverses course on some aspects of his border policy. Also on the Thursday rundown: with the midterms approaching we will take you to a state, you might not expect to be reaching out to Latino voters: and Dan Heyman has a novel angle on the utility of medical marijuana




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