Today in Labor History – January 8th


 Mary Kenney O’Sullivan,(1864-1943) was born on this date in Hannibal, Missouri. O’Sullivan was the first American Federation of Labor (AFL) woman organizer. She also organized the Woman’s Bookbinder Union in 1880 and was a founder of the National Women’s Trade Union League (WTUL) in 1903 – 1864

American Federation of Labor charters a Mining Department – 1912

The AFL Iron and Steel Organizing Committee ends the “Great Steel Strike.” Some 350,000 to 400,000 steelworkers had been striking for more than three months, demanding union recognition. The strike failed – 1920

In San Jose, California, teachers joined with striking students to oppose the Vietnam War – 1969

200 Teamsters leaders held a “Labor for Peace” meeting to oppose the Gulf War, New York City – 1991

 Striking Steelmill Workers Holding Bulletins




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