Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

01/21/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/21/2020 09:15

Labor History

Today's Labor Quote: Martin Luther King, Jr.

'You are demanding that this city will respect the dignity of labor. So often we overlook the work and the significance of those who are not in professional jobs, of those who are not in the so-called big jobs. But let me say to you tonight, that whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity, and it has worth. One day our society must come to see this. One day our society will come to respect the sanitation worker if it is to survive, for the person who picks up our garbage, in the final analysis, is as significant as the physician, for if he doesn't do his job, diseases are rampant. All labor has dignity.'

From a speech in support of the Memphis sanitation workers' strike, March 18, 1968.

Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast : MLK: All Labor Has Dignity

On today's show, historian Michael Honey on 'Wisconsin to Memphis: King's gospel of labor rights on the rebound,' from the Michigan State University School of Human Resources and Labor Relations' 'Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives' Brown Bag series. Also this week, Linda Donahue on the strike by 10,000 clothing workers in Rochester, NY.
Last week's show: (1/12): UAW's Punch Press strike daily

Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California - 1826

Birth of Terence V. Powderly, leader of the Knights of Labor - 1849

The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, OH with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National progressive Miners Union - 1890

Five hundred New York City tenants battle police to prevent evictions - 1932

- David Prosten