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  • “They aimed to kill the young ones because they were the rebels.” —Boris Ross

    “They aimed to kill the young ones because they were the rebels.” —Boris Ross

    On May 30, 1937, Memorial Day, Chicago police opened fire on unarmed workers demonstrating against Republic Steel in one of the bloodiest events in our nation’s labor union history. Earlier in the year the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) had worked out a union deal with U.S. Steel, which workers had hoped would push the smaller steel companies to recognize their own unions. Instead, many of the smaller steel companies fought bitterly against union organization. That Memorial Day, the workers … Continue reading

  • Boris Ross #2

    Boris Ross #2

    Shot for Communications for Change’s “Documenting Social History: Chicago’s Elderly Speak” oral history series. This is the second part of an interview with Boris Ross, a Russian immigrant to Chicago who was heavily involved in the labor movement. Continue reading