On the New Year’s Day edition of America’s Work Force, the history and legacy of Mother Jones was discussed.
Rosemary Feurer, Director of the Mother Jones Heritage Project, discussed a newly unveiled exhibit, honoring the life and accomplishments of Mother Jones. The 4×4 marker located at a Coalfield, Illinois rest area on I-55 northbound includes a background on Mother Jones’ life, her accomplishments, and the Coalfield women’s march for justice and civil rights for worker families. Feurer also discussed John L. Lewis working to organize the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).
Tim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO talked about three areas that he believes organized labor needs in order to move forward in the new year. He said these three things include improving infrastructure, protecting public schools as well as eliminating corruption and scandal in private and charter schools, and restore local government funding.
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