Today in Labor History – January 7th

labor history january 7

An explosion at Osage Coal and Mining Company’s Mine Number 11 near Krebs, Oklahoma killed 100 and injured 150 when an untrained worker accidentally set off a stash of explosives. – 1892

Wobblie Tom Mooney, a labor activist wrongly convicted of murder in the San Francisco Preparedness Day bombing in July 1916, was freed after 22 ½ years in jail and granted an unconditional pardon by Governor Culbert Olson. – 1939

The presidents of 12 of the nation’s largest unions met and called for reuniting the American labor movement, which split into two factions in 2005 when seven unions left the AFL-CIO and formed a rival federation. The meeting followed signals from President-elect Barack Obama that he would prefer dealing with a united movement, rather than a fractured one that often had two competing voices. Unions from both sides of the split participated in the meeting. The reunification effort failed. – 2009

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