Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day, Part II: 1860 fight for a 10-hour day

An important reminder of who Labor Day is supposed to be for and about - from the City of San Francisco museum, a look at an 1860 labor fight for a 10 hour day. It makes me angrier than I can say that we seem to be going backwards and in danger of losing what generations of workers fought for.

"The first concerted drive by labor in San Francisco was for a shorter work day. In 1860 the work day was usually 12 hours. Laborers struck for a 10-hour day. They were working from 6 a. m. to 6 p. m. spreading sand dumped at the foot of California street by the cars from David Hewes’ steam paddy.

According to The Bulletin the laborers “argued that 10 hours a day is enough for any man to sweat.” The men who left the job were paid off."  more at...

San Francisco Sentinel

1 comment:

Joey said...

‎"The park became the meeting place of the jobless, who planned a new world. Watching them, a printer and newspaperman named Henry George concluded that there must be some connection between the vanishing frontier, progress and poverty. Sympathetic to the laboring man, he studied the depression-ridden seventies from the editor’s desk of The Evening Post, which he had founded in 1871."

Yep, we're fine as long as we have a frontier. No frontier, big issues. Too bad we scuttled the NASA flight program. I think we're going to regret that.