Wednesday March 25, 1903,
Washington DC-Roosevelt Commission Hands Down Decision for Great Anthracite Stirke

Hailed as a victory by some within Labor's ranks, the decision grants the miners a ten per cent increase in wages and the nine-hour day. However, instead of recognition of the United Mine Workers of America, a six-man conciliation board will be established to adjudicate all disputes. The award also states that "the right to remain at work where others have ceased to work, or to engage anew in work which others have abandoned, is part of the personal liberty of a citizen, that can never be surrendered, and every infringement thereof merits, and should receive the stern denouncement of the law..."

Supporters of the open-shop have hailed the decision as a defeat for unionism.

History of the Labor Movement in the United Stated Vol.3
The Policies and Practices of the American Federation of Labor 1900-1909

-by Philip S Foner
NY, 1964

Tuesday March 25, 1913
Hellraisers Book Review: Ettor and Geovannitti before the jury.

Ettor and Giovannitti before the jury at Salem, Massachusetts
Industrial Workers of the World
Chicago, Illinois
November 23, 1912

This pamphlet recounts the arrest, imprisonment, and trial of these two intrepid union organizers. Also included are the statements to the jury made by both of the defendants at the end of the trial. Giovannitti's long poem, "The Walker" is included in full. We will print the last few lines. The pamphlet is well worth two bits just for this poem alone:

I implore you, my brother, for I am weary of the long vigil,
     weary of counting your steps and heavy with sleep.
Stop, rest, my brother, for the dawn is well nigh
     and it is not the key alone that can throw open the door.


Monday March 25, 2013
Chicago, IL-Postal workers rally by Mitch Dudek

Several hundred postal workers gathered for a rally downtown on Sunday afternoon to protest a proposal to eliminate Saturday mail delivery.

β€œIt is a really bad policy to try to shrink to survive,” said U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), who spoke at the rally at Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn, to urge support for legislation preserving the postal system. β€œI feel that this is un-American. The postal service is such an integral part to all of our neighborhoods.”


News of rally from other cities:

But we fight for roses too:

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Anti-Capitalist Chat.

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