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Vol. 78/No. 10      March 17, 2014

25, 50, and 75 Years Ago

March 17, 1989

Nearly a week after a strike by 8,500 machinists began, the operations of Eastern Airlines — the seventh-largest U.S. airline — remain shut down tight.
“Eastern management refused to negotiate seriously,” explains a leaflet being distributed by IAM Local 1018 at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The company continued to the end “to demand the unlimited right to farm out our work, pay cuts as high as 56 percent in some categories, massive work rule changes, the hiring of part-timers, cuts in pension benefits and more. Seeing that the acceptance of this contract would mean the breaking of our union, the IAM membership [nationally] voted 97 percent strong to authorize a strike.”

March 16, 1964

FRANKFORT, Ky., March 5 — The Negro liberation movement came to Kentucky in a big way today as 20,000 marchers jammed the streets of Kentucky’s capital to demonstrate support for a bill outlawing racial discrimination in public accommodations which is now before the state legislature.
The crowd, gathered before the capitol, had braved raw, windy weather, with temperatures in the upper 30s, to hear Rev. Martin Luther King praise the tactic of mass, non-violent demonstrations such as that in Washington last August and this in Frankfort today.
New allies for this struggle were to be seen among the marchers in a delegation of 18 coal miners and their families.

March 17, 1939

LOS ANGELES, March 8 — Los Angeles police last night used tear gas to help fascist youth break up a picket line which was protesting a meeting where Aileen O’Brien, Franco supporter, was the principal speaker.
Today a delegation including representatives from the Socialist Workers Party, the Young People’s Socialist League, and the American Fund for Political Prisoners and Refugees appeared before Mayor Bowron to protest the police brutality.
A group of fascist youth and students attempted to provoke a disturbance. The demonstrators began to resist this attack and were succeeding in quelling the disorder when police entered the fray.  
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