Category: History

1919 Boston Police Strike

On September 9, 1919, more than 1,100 Boston Police officers went on strike for fair wages, decent working conditions and their right to organize. Boston’s policemen were paid less than most of the city’s skilled laborers, and had not had a raise in decades. Normal shifts ranged from ten to thirteen hours. Required to be …

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, we remember and celebrate the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was a strong supporter of organized labor and unions. Below is video clip from a speech he gave to sanitation workers in Memphis on March 18, 1968. It was filmed 47 years ago and yet the issues are the same, …

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The Bigger Dig

Boston broke ground on its subway in 1895, with workers digging the trench in sections. Horse-drawn carts carried away the dirt and rocks.

Boston Globe | By Doug Most | January 26, 2014 Adapted from The Race Underground by Doug Most. Copyright © 2014 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press LLC. THE WORKERS WORE baggy pants, suspenders, long-sleeve shirts with the sleeves rolled up their forearms, and hats to protect their hair and …

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