Today in Labor History – October 2nd


Slave rebellion leader Nat Turner was born on this date in 1800. Turner led the only effective, sustained slave revolt in August, 1831, in U.S. history. His actions set off a new wave of oppressive legislation by whites prohibiting the education, movement and assembly of slaves. – 1800

American Federation of Labor officially endorses campaign for a six hour day, five day workweek – 1934

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, addressed a crowd in right wing San Diego asserting the right of all workers to join unions. “It is now beyond partisan controversy that it is a fundamental individual right of a worker to associate himself with other workers and to bargain collectively with his employer.” – 1935

Joining with 400,000 coal miners already on strike, 500,000 CIO steel workers close down the nation’s foundries, steel and iron mills, demanding pensions and better wages and working conditions – 1949

Starbucks Workers Union baristas at an outlet in East Grand Rapids, Mich., organized by the Wobblies, win their grievances after the National Labor Relations Board cites the company for labor law violations, including threats against union activists – 2007

Union members, progressives and others rally in Washington D.C., under the Banner of One Nation Working Together, demand “good jobs, equal justice, and quality education for all.” Crowd estimates range from tens of thousands to 200,000 – 2010


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