Labor History Today: TWU’s Roger Toussaint on the 2005 NYC transit strike

This week’s labor history: A conversation with Roger Toussaint, former president of the Transport Workers Union, who led the successful 2005 strike by 35,000 transit workers in New York City. And in this week’s installment of “Cool things from the George Meany Labor Archives at the University of Maryland College Park,” archivist Ben Blake shares some rare artifacts connected to the IWW, the Industrial Workers of the World, founded on January 2, 1905 in Chicago.

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Labor History Today is produced by Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. Engineered by Chris Garlock.

Labor history sources include Today in Labor History, from Union Communication Services

This week’s music:
Lord Kitchener – The Underground Train

Joe Glazer – Working Men Unite (1:36)

“The Workers’ Battle Cry for Freedom” (karaoke version by George Allen)…_for_freedom/

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