Thursday, May 30, 2019

Today in Labor History

May 30, 1937

In what would become known as the Memorial Day Massacre, police open fire on striking steelworkers, their families, and supporters who were marching to the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago to set up a picket line.  The police killed ten people and pursued those fleeing the attack, wounding many more; no one was ever prosecuted.
On this day in 1922, Bridgeport’s Central Labor Union issued a formal call to all of its 12,000 members to support the striking trolleymen who worked for the Connecticut Railway and Lighting Company, triggering months of labor unrest in one of Connecticut’s largest cities.

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