I will admit I have not heard of this man.

“The most important word in the language of the working class is ‘solidarity.’”

Those inspiring words were spoken by labor leader Harry Bridges, who died on this day in Labor History the year was 1990.
Harry was born into a middle class family in Melbourne, Australia.

At the age of fourteen his father put him to work collecting rents in Melbourne slums, an experience that gave young Harry a heart for struggling people.

At 16 he joined the Merchant Marines, landing in the US three years later.

At the San Francisco docks he joined the International Longshore Association, which was organizing against the company union.
On May 9, 1934 he helped lead a strike of the west coast docks. Furious shipping company owners and politicians retaliated violently. On what became known as “Bloody Thursday,” police beat, shot and wounded longshoreman up and down the coast.
The Man Who Brought Solidarity