Today in Labor History – June 17th


Susan B. Anthony goes on trial in Canandaigua, N.Y. for casting her ballot in a federal election the previous November, in violation of existing statutes barring women from the vote – 1873

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones leads a rally in Philadelphia to focus public attention on children mutilated in the state’s textile mills. Three weeks later the 73-year-old will lead a march to New York City to plead with President Theodore Roosevelt to help improve conditions for the children – 1903

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) initiated a sit down strike at the Studebaker auto plant – 1913

The Steel Workers Organizing Committee was founded in Pittsburgh, by Philip Murray, John L. Lewis and nine other labor organizers. The Steel Workers Organizing Committee evolved into the United Steelworkers of America. Within one year, more than 125,000 people had joined the union, rallying around the goal of raising wages to $5 per day – 1936

Nine firefighters are killed, eight more injured when a large section of Boston’s Hotel Vendom collapses on them. Firefighters were performing cleanup when the collapse occurred, having successfully struck a fire at the luxury hotel ealier in the day – 1972

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