Today in Labor History – November 20th

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Normal Thomas

First use of term “scab,” by Albany Typographical Society – 1816

Norman Thomas born, American socialist leader – 1884

The time clock is invented by Willard Bundy, a jeweler in Auburn, N.Y. Bundy’s brother Harlow starts mass producing them a year later – 1888

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Rose Pesotta

Rose Pesotta, anarchist labor activist and the only woman on the General Executive Board of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers (ILGWU), from 1933-1944, was born on this date – 1896

Mine fire in Telluride, Colo., kills 28 miners, prompts union call for safer work conditions – 1901

Bituminous coal workers went on strike directly against the US government, which had seized all the bituminous coal mines on May 21. The government secured an injunction against the strike, resulting in $3.5 million fine against the UMW – 1946

The Consolidated Coal Company’s No. 9 mine in Farmington, West Virginia, exploded, killing 78 miners. – 1968

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