Today in Labor History – April 27th

The first strike for the 10 hour day occurred on this date by Boston carpenters, – 1825 1,450 paroled Union POWs died when the steamer Sultana blew up in the worst shipping disaster in American history. The river steamer Sultana was overloaded. It was equipped with tubular boilers which were not well-suited for use in […]

Today in Labor History – April 26th

The Anti-Coolie Act of April 26th, 1862 was passed. It was titled “An Act to Protect Free White Labor.” The law was one of a series of xenophobic laws enacted specifically to block the immigration of Chinese to the U.S., particularly in California. – 1862 The U.S. Congress continued its xenophobic and racist practices by […]

Today in Labor History – April 25th

The New York Times declared the struggle for an eight-hour workday to be “un-American” and called public demonstrations for the shorter hours “labor disturbances brought about by foreigners.” Other publications declared that an eight-hour workday day would bring about “loafing and gambling, rioting, debauchery and drunkenness”. – 1886 IWW Marine Transport Workers began a West […]

Today in Labor History – April 24th

Mumia Abu Jamal, death row activist, journalist and former Black Panther, was born on this date. – 1954 The International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union halted shipping on the West Coast in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Philadelphia journalist whom many believed was on death row because he was an outspoken African-American. – 1999 An eight-story […]