Today in Labor History – October 12th


The First Industrial Congress of US (first US national labor congress) met in  New York City. – 1845

Also known as “Miners Day,” October 12 commemorates the 14 miners who were killed in the “Virden Riot” of October 1898, when miners got in a shootout with mine guards attempting to bring in strikebreakers. The riot came in response to mine owners refusal to accept the 8-hour day, offer raises, abolish the company store and recognize the United Mine Workers.  – 1898 (Photo above is the Virden Minors Monument)

14 miners killed, 22 wounded by scabherders at Pana, Ill. – 1902

2,000 workers demanding union recognition close down dress manufacturing, Los Angeles – 1933

More than 1 million Canadian workers demonstrate against wage controls – 1976

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