Today in Labor History – January 25th

Photo of Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women’s Rights convention – 1851

The Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) is founded in Toledo, Ohio as the Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Workers’ International Association – 1888

United Mine Workers of America founded in Columbus, Ohio. The union’s constitution barred racial, religious and ethnic discrimination – 1890

200 miners are killed in an horrific explosion at the Harwick mine in Cheswick, Pa., Allegheny County. Many of the dead lay entombed in the sealed mine to this day – 1904

The Supreme Court upheld “yellow dog” contracts, which forbid membership in labor unions. Yellow dog contracts remained valid until the Norris-LaGuardia Act of 1932 – 1915

16,000 textile workers strike in Passaic, N.J. – 1926

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