What do you think of when you hear May Day? Perhaps maypoles and flower crowns come to mind, but that’s not all! May Day has been celebrated in tandem with International Worker’s Day since the 1880s. On May 1, 1886, over 200,000 workers across the country joined together for a nationwide strike to demand an eight-hour workday. These days of action turned violent within the week so the date was chosen to commemorate this brutal fight that inevitably won American workers an eight-hour workday standard. To celebrate this important anniversary, our President Alberto Ruiz joined IBT Vice President Ron Herrera and Locals 396, 399, and 630 at the May Day Parade and Rally on Wednesday evening.
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