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January 29, 2020

On This Day in 1834
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal workers rioted on this date, prompting President Jackson to send in troops. This was the first time American troops were used to suppress a domestic labor dispute. Workers were rebelling because of terrible working conditions and low pay. The canal project had been designed by George Washington and was intended to facilitate transportation of goods from the Chesapeake Bay to the Ohio River Valley. Construction teams were made up mostly of Irish, German, Dutch and black workers who toiled long hours for low wages in dangerous conditions. The use of federal troops set a dangerous precedent that gave business leaders the confidence that they could count on the federal government to quash labor unrest in the future.
- Voices of Labor

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Stop the Presses! Leonard Lee Retires
Posted On: Apr 02, 2012

Mar. 6, 2012 | News that Baltimore Sun pressman Leonard Lee retired in February is big in of itself given that he worked at the Sun for 43 years and served as shop steward in recent years. But the reason he decided to retire one year earlier than he'd originally planned is what needs to be shared with his Teamster family at Local 355: When Lee learned several months ago that one of his coworkers would be laid off as part of the company's plan to reduce the staff, Lee decided to save his brother's job and leave now rather than later. Asked what he had planned for his early retirement, Lee said he looked forward to volunteering at his church. Lee's commitment and service to his coworkers was celebrated at our Baltimore membership meeting March 4.


 
 
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