||Volume 18, Number 4, January/February 2006 |
February is Black History Month
"The labour movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic, and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the destitute, and above all new wage levels that meant not mere survival, but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome."
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Illinois AFL-CIO Convention, October 1965