This Week in Labor History 030

This Week in Labor History 030

This week’s labor history highlight: In 1919, Calvin Coolidge, then governor of Massachusetts, called out the Massachusetts National Guard to break a strike of Boston police officers who were striking for union recognition, vacation time and better pay. Invoking the "American Plan" (an agreement between the government and business to suppress all unions) Coolidge fired all striking police.

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This Week in Labor History 023

This Week in Labor History 023

This week’s highlight: 15 “living dead women” testified before the Illinois Industrial Commission on this day in 1937. They were “Radium Girls,” women who would die prematurely after working at clock and watch factories, where they were told to wet small paintbrushes in their mouths and dip them in radium to paint dials. A Geiger counter passed over graves in a cemetery near Ottawa, Illinois still registers the presence of radium.

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