Top 10 Labor Day Conspiracies
Hill tried to claim that he had been shot in a fight over a woman, but this evidence was not introduced at his trial. An eyewitness to the crime -- the son/brother of the victims -- told the police they had the wrong man, but he strangely testified for the prosecution anyway and fingered Hill. The prisoner refused to say where his bullet wound came from and he was ultimately executed by firing squad.
Years later, after he had been immortalized in song by Joan Baez and others, the true story of Hill's fate emerged: he had most likely been shot by his girlfriend's ex-fiancee but had refused to name the man for reasons unknown. The girlfriend confirmed this in a recently-discovered letter to a friend.
If you think union-busting is a thing of pre-Depression-era America, guess again. According to a decision from 2008, "a National Labor Relations Board judge has found Starbucks guilty of extensive violations of federal labor law in its bid to counter the IWW Starbucks Workers Union." The Judge found the coffee company in violation for firing three employees for trying to organize a union.
Starbucks denied these charges in a lawsuit brought a year later. Its spokesperson stated the plaintiff in that unlawful termination suit had not been sacked for discussing a possible union, but for repeated "tardiness."
According to a story by Mother Jones, Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton has been dogged by anti-union claims for years, and was found to have hired professional union busters and to have deliberately dissuaded his workers from forming unions. Walton and Wal-Mart denied these rumors, but they did coincidentally close an entire meat department at a Texas Wal-Mart after its workers unionized in 2000.
Then again, Wal-Mart has allowed unions to flourish: in China. In 2006, the company released a statement saying they would not dissuade Chinese workers from joining labor unions, although this decision came under criticism from observers who felt that the overseas union is far less beneficial to the worker.
3. The American Labor Party
This political party, founded in 1936, was actually a socialist plot to take over America... unlike most other socialist plots the government wants you to believe are coming. The Socialist Party of America was falling apart, and its leaders decided to form a new group to keep their ideas afloat...