By MRCTV, Special for USDR
September 28, 2015 was the 100th birthday of Ethel Rosenberg who, along with her husband Julius, was convicted of selling American atom bomb secrets to the Soviet Union. She was executed for the crime in June of 1953. To honor the convicted traitor, the New York City Council issued a declaration honoring Ethel for her union work and asserting that she was innocent and wrongfully executed. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer added a a second declaration recognizing, “the injustice suffered by Ethel Rosenberg and her family” proclaiming the day, “Ethel Rosenberg Day of Justice in the Borough of Manhattan.”
The city declaration honored her for leading a strike in 1935:
“In 1935, at the age of 19, Ethel worked as a Clerk at the National New York Packing and Shipping Company, and, demonstrating great bravery, helped lead a strike for union recognition and a pay raise. The New York Times reported that “about 150 young women pickets moved in squads through the garment district… They lay on the pavement in front of trucks and dared the drivers to move” Ethel was fired and filed a claim for wrongful termination with the National Labor Relations Board, which found in her favor: “There is no allegation or evidence that she was not an efficient employee. The [company’s] antagonism to Ethel Greenglass [her maiden name] undoubtedly arose by virtue of the fact that she was active in organizing the Union.” Ethel remained active in union organizing and used her singing talents to raise funds.”
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