Today in Labor History – December 6th


1869 CNLU Convention

African American delegates meet in Washington, D.C., to form the Colored National Labor Union as a branch of the all-white National Labor Union created three years earlier. Unlike the NLU, the CNLU welcomed members of all races. Isaac Myers was the CNLU’s founding president; Frederick Douglas became president in 1872 – 1869

361 coal workers were killed in West Virginia’s Marion County when a mine explodes at the Fairmont Coal Company in Monongah. It was the worst mining disaster in American history¬†– 1907

International Glove Workers Union of America merges into Amalgamated Clothing Workers – 1961

Rose Pesotta, anarchist labor activist, died on this date. Pesotta was the only woman on the General Executive Board of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers (ILGWU) from 1933-1944. She participated in a 10-year struggle to organize workers, including a turf war with a communist faction – 1965


Monongah Mine Disaster

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