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Major Labor Movement Event Gets Lansing City Hall Historical Marker

Lansing Labor Holiday photo
Courtesy photo
Ralph W. Lewis Collection, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Business in Lansing came to a halt on June 7, 1937. Streets were clogged by the Lansing Labor Holiday. A new historical marker will be unveiled on Saturday.

The city of Lansing is commemorating an important event in labor history this weekend. On June 7th, 1937, businesses and factories in the city were shut down by what has come to be known as the Lansing Labor Holiday.

Labor leaders were seeking the release of workers at Capital City Wrecking who had been arrested for their organizing efforts.

The impact was immediate. Governor Frank Murphy intervened, the holiday ended by nightfall, and Capital City Wrecking negotiated a union contract.

The 80th anniversary will be observed at 1 p.m. Saturday on the plaza in front of city hall with labor songs, speeches, and the unveiling of a new historical marker.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with MSU history professor Lisa Fine and MSU Human Resources and Labor Relations professor John Beck about the Lansing Labor Holiday, which Fine describes as a rarity: a general strike.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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