Today in Labor History – August 25th

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Allen Pinkerton was born, founder of the Pinkerton private police force, whose strike breaking detectives (Pinkertons, or ‘Pinks’) gave us the word ‘fink’ as they slaughtered dozens of workers in various labor struggles– 1819

Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters founded at a meeting in New York City.  A. Philip Randolph became the union’s first organizer – 1925

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters signed its first contract with Pullman – 1937

President Harry Truman ordered the U.S. Army to seize all the nation’s railroads to prevent a General Strike. The railroads were kept under federal control for two years – 1950

The Battle of Lincoln Park occurred during the Democratic Convention in Chicago. Roughly 10,000 demonstrators battled approximately 11,000 riot police, 6,000 National Guard, 7,500 US army troops and 1,000 FBI, CIA & army/navy intelligence services agents – 1968

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