Today in Labor History – February 14th


Jimmy Hoffa


Abolitionist Frederick Douglass born into slavery near Easton, MD – 1818

Western Federation of Miners strike for 8-hour day – 1903

President Theodore Roosevelt creates the Department of Commerce and Labor. It was divided into two separate government departments ten years later – 1903

Jimmy Hoffa born in Brazil, Indiana, son of a coal miner. Disappeared July 30, 1975, declared dead seven years later – 1913

8,000 to 10,000 unemployed workers rallied at Gateway Park, Minneapolis, in sleet and slush – 1915

Striking workers at Detroit’s newspapers, out since the previous July, offer to return to work. The offer is accepted five days later but the newspapers vow to retain some 1,200 scabs. A court ruling the following year ordered as many as 1,100 former strikers reinstated – 1996

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