Today in Labor History – May 2nd

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Twenty-five hundred workers marched in Milwaukee for the 8-hour day. Governor Jeremiah Rusk supplied the Milwaukee National Guard headquarters with increased ammunition and the entire city police force with four companies of infantry & artillery – 1886

Chicago’s first Trades Assembly, formed three years earlier, sponsors a general strike by thousands of workers to enforce the state’s new eight hour day law. The one-week strike was unsuccessful – 1867

Birth of Richard Trevellick, a ship carpenter, founder of American National Labor Union and later head of the National Labor Congress, America’s first national labor organization – 1830

The nation’s first workers’ compensation law was passed in Wisconsin, providing benefits for employees injured in the workplace – 1911

Pres. Herbert Hoover declares that the stock market crash six months earlier was just a “temporary setback” and the economy would soon bounce back. In fact the Great Depresssion was to continue and worsen for several more years – 1930

Adolf Hitler abolished all labor unions, leading to the mass arrest and murder of thousands of communists, anarchists and labor activists – 1933

Though Martin Luther King, Jr. had recently been assassinated his Poor Peoples’ March on Washington, D.C. proceeded as planned, led by successor Ralph Abernathy. 3,000 people erected Resurrection City on the Mall until the 17th – 1968

 

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