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Labor Review Centennial, 1907-2007
Minneapolis Labor Review, 1907-1007: Preserving and continuing a proud legacy

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, May 24, 2007

By Bill McCarthy, President, Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council

You’re reading the 100th Anniversary Issue of the Minneapolis Labor Review.

First published April 4, 1907, the Labor Review for 100 years has championed the cause of unions and working families and the struggle for better wages and working conditions.

Starting with the March 2007 Labor Review, award-winning editor Steve Share began presenting a monthly labor history series in these pages, taking on ten years at a time.

This month’s issue focuses on the years 1927-1936, arguably the turning point in the labor organizing that transformed Minneapolis from an “open shop” town to a union town.

During those years, the Labor Review played a pivotal role in informing and mobilizing union members and supporters — who regularly turned out in the streets of Minneapolis 10,000 or 20,000 or 30,000 strong. Just imagine the scene.

In our own time, as the gap between the rich and the rest of us approaches disparities found in 1929, we have much to learn from the struggles of the past.

You can revisit those inspiring times through the on-line Labor Review Archive, launched on the internet three years ago — thanks to the support of our affiliates and the labor of 45 volunteers. Access to the Labor Review Archive is free. You can search the archive by date, by topic, or by the name of a union or individual. Explore for yourself: visit the CLUC’s website at www.minneapolisunions.org.

I’m proud that we’ve preserved our labor history for union members, scholars and students today and to come.

I’m proud that we’ve revitalized the Labor Review — 100 years since the newspaper’s founding — and that it continues to inform union members and point the way to action. Join me in celebrating the Labor Review at 100 years!


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