Matt Taibbi looks into why the Justice Department didn’t prosecute any Wall Street bankers: "Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail. That’s your whole story right there. Hell, you don’t even have to write the rest of it. Just write that."
In the 1970s, salaried women workers at Erie GE fought important battles for workplace equality, including two strikes in 1974 and ’75 in which they demanded equal pay for equal work. The participants in these struggles were predominantly young women, and they were influenced by the ideas of the fem…
The Hilo Massacre on Aug. 1, 1938 marked a turning point in Hawaii’s labor movement, however, few of the state’s 1.4 million residents even know it took place. Dr. William Puette of the University of Hawaii – West Oahu, who chronicled the event in his 1988 book, The Hilo Massacre: Hawaii’s Bloody Monday, said the event helped sway public opinion to the plight of organized labor. "When that shooting took place, a lot of people felt this should never have happened," said Puette, who leads the University’s Center for Labor Education and Research. "I think the union became much more sympathetic in the eyes of the general public and the community as a result of this."
Although no one died in the massacre, at least 50 protesters were shot by police and national guardsmen as they marched to Hilo Harbor in a show of solidarity with striking ILWU dock workers in Honolulu. The strike against the Inter-Island Steam Navigation Co. had already stretched for several weeks, and the company was anxious to stand firm against union demands for better pay.
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