Today in Labor History Mar. 5, 1770 British soldiers, quartered in the homes of colonists, took the jobs of working people when jobs were scarce. On this date, grievances of ropemakers against the soldiers led to a fight. Soldiers shot down Crispus Attucks, a black colonist, then others, in what became known as the Boston Massacre. Attucks is considered the first casualty in the American Revolution.
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Feb. 17, 2021| STRIKES | Fast food workers and other low-paid frontline employees walked off the job in more than a dozen cities across the U.S. Tuesday to demand at least $15 an hour, collective bargaining rights, and better conditions from their ultra-profitable employers—and to throw their support behind the ongoing congressional effort to raise the federal minimum wage after more than a decade of inaction. "We're on strike to remind our employers that we are the company," Eric Winston, a Cracker Barrel employee, said at a rally outside of a McDonald's in Durham, North Carolina. "Us, the workers, we are the engine that runs your businesses. So protect us, respect our voices, and pay us enough, now." Common Dreams