Today in Labor History – April 1st


The Loray Mill Strike

United Mine Workers of America win 8 hour day – 1898

San Francisco laundry workers strike for wage increases and an eight-hour day – 1907

More than 2,000 workers strike the Draper Corp. power loom manufacturing plant in Hopedale, Mass., seeking higher wages and a nine-hour workday. Eben S. Draper, president of the firm — and a former state governor — declares: “We will spend $1 million to break this strike” and refuses to negotiate. The strike ended in a stalemate 13 weeks later – 1913

T-Bone Slim’s the Popular Wobbly  published in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW“One Big Union Monthly” – 1920

West Virginia miners walked out at the Coal River Colliery Company (CRC). The strike was unusual because CRC was an investment venture of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE), with stock owned by members of the Brotherhood. The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) called the strike because the company refused to pay the current union wage scale – 1924

Strike of cotton mill workers begins in Gastonia, NC.  During the strike, police raided the strikers’ tent colony; the chief of police was killed.  The strike leaders were framed for murder and convicted, but later freed – 1929

500 hungry school children in tattered clothes marched through Chicago’s downtown section to the Board of Education offices to demand that the school system provide them with food – 1932

400,000 members of the United Mine Workers strike for higher wages and employer contributions to the union’s health and welfare fund. President Truman seizes the mines – 1946

40,000 textile workers strike in cotton and rayon mills of six southern states, seeing higher pay, sickness and accident insurance, and pensions – 1951

Longest newspaper strike in U.S. history, 114 days, ends in New York City. Workers at nine newspapers were involved – 1963

Major league baseball players begin what is to become a 13-day strike, ending when owners agreed to increase pension fund payments and to add salary arbitration to the collective bargaining agreement – 1972

Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters merge with Brotherhood of Railway, Airline & Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express & Station Employees – 1978

Eleven-day strike by 34,000 New York City transit workers begins, halts bus and subway service in all five boroughs before strikers return to work with a 17 percent raise over two years plus a cost-of-living adjustment – 1980

United Cement, Lime & Gypsum Workers Int’l Union merges with Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers – 1984

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers granted a charter by the AFL-CIO – 1989

The U.S. minimum wage increases to $3.80 per hour – 1990

The United Mine Workers of America dedicates the John L. Lewis Mining and Labor Museum at Lewis’ boyhood home in Lucas, Iowa – 1990

The U.S. minimum wage increases to $4.25 per hour – 1991

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  1. The Draper Stike was I.W.W. led. While on the picket line FW Emilio Bacchiocci was murdered by police when they shot him in the neck on April 24th 1913 .

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