Today in Labor History – February 20th


A blast rips apart the O’Connor Electro-Plating Corp. building

 Frederick Douglass died on this date. In an 1857 address Douglass said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” – 1895

Rally for unemployed becomes major confrontation in Philadelphia, 18 arrested for demanding jobs – 1908

Thousands of women march to New York’s City Hall demanding relief from exorbitant wartime food prices. Inflation had wiped out any wage gains made by workers, leading to a high level of working class protest during World War I – 1917

15 people were killed and 100 were injured as an explosion leveled a Los Angeles, California, electroplating plant where a chemical mixing error occurred -1947


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