Today in Labor History – October 14th


New York City cigar makers struck against pay cuts and repressive factory rules during October. The strike ended in January 1878 with the pay cuts and repressive rules intact. Samuel Gompers, the strike leader, was blacklisted and unable to find work for four months – 1877

The two-day founding congress of the International Working People’s Association (IWPA) occurred in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, marking the beginning of the anarchist-trade union movement in the US. The congress endorsed “propaganda by the deed,” which included assassinations 1883

Bloggers note- In attendance were two of the Haymarket Martyrs, August Spies and Albert R. Parsons.

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