John Risch, SMART TD’s National Legislative Director, spoke with Jaisal Noor of realnews.com on the significance of the 140th anniversary of the first national railroad strike that began July 14, 1877, also known as the Great Railroad Strike and Great Upheaval. More than 100,000 workers participated in the strike, which lasted 45 days. It is estimated that over 100 workers died and thousands more were injured.
Risch points out that though immense labor victories have been hard fought and won since that time, the struggle for workers’ rights continues.
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