Today in labor history, July 17, 1981: 3,500 miners in the Cape Breton Island coal fields in Nova Scotia, Canada, go on strike over wages. It was the first strike since nationalization of the mines in 1967. The bitter strike was settled in October, with a tentative agreement that raised wages 50 percent over two years.
Born in the Central Valley, Renee has always been a strange person. When she's not busy writing, she can be found glued to her laptop, pestering her cat, rolling her eyes at the tv, or singing at the top of her lungs.