Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Today in Labor History

One of the first American labor newspapers, The Man, is published in New York City. It cost 1¢ and, according to The History of American Journalism, “died an early death.” Another labor paper, N.Y. Daily Sentinel, had been launched four years earlier - 1834

(Grassroots Journalism: A Practical Manual for Newswriting is a very helpful tool for activists who need—or want—to write about2014.02.17history-grassroots-journalism working peoples’ issues for their union newsletters, community newspapers and other media outlets.  The author cites examples where grassroots journalism had a real impact on peoples’ lives, tells how to zero in on the issues in a community that will motivate readers to address concerns, and gives plenty of counsel on actual research and writing techniques to help you do the best job possible.)
Faced with 84-hour workweeks, 24-hour shifts and pay of 29¢ an hour, fire fighters form The Int’l Association of Fire Fighters. Some individual locals had affiliated with the AFL beginning in 1903 - 1918

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