Today in Labor History – November 10th

labor history November 10

Chicago Haymarket martyr Louis Lingg, 22, “cheated” the state the day before his scheduled execution by committing suicide in his prison cell by exploding a dynamite cap in his mouth. – 1887

Members of the Independent Union of All Workers occupied the Hormel meatpacking plant in Austin, Minnesota, in what may have been the first sit-down strike. Workers occupied the plant for three days, demanding a raise. Unable to open the blockaded plant, Hormel accepted binding arbitration and the workers received a ten percent wage increase. The agreement was brokered by Governor Floyd B. Olson. – 1933

The ship Edmund Fitzgerald, the biggest carrier on the Great Lakes, and crew of 29 were lost in a storm on Lake Superior while carrying ore from Superior, Wisconsin to Detroit. The cause of the sinking was never established. – 1975

The Tile, Marble, Terrazzo Finishers, Shop Workers & Granite Cutters International Union merged into the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners – 1988

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