Today in Labor History – March 9th


Anarchist militant and IWW organizer Carlo Tresca was born on this date. Tresca was an outspoken opponent of Fascism in Germany and Italy and of Soviet Communism. Tresca was murdered by an unknown assailant, presumably by fascists or the Mafia. Tresca was one of the main organizers of the Patterson Silk Strike – 1879

Frank Little and other IWW (Wobblies) free-speech fighters were released from jail in Fresno, California. Little was later murdered by mine owners in Montana – 1911

The Westmoreland County (Pa.) Coal Strike – known as the “Slovak strike” because some 70 percent of the 15,000 strikers were Slovakian immigrants – begins on this date and continues for nearly 16 months before ending in defeat. Sixteen miners and family members were killed during the strike – 1912

An overflow crowd of Twin Cities residents attend a showing of “The Blacklist,” a film depicting the massacre of miners and their families in Ludlow, Colorado, which occurred five years before – 1919

Work begins on the $8 billion, 800-mile-long Alaska Oil pipeline connecting oil fields in northern Alaska to the sea port at Valdez. Tensof thousands of people worked on the pipeline, enduring long hours, cold temperatures, and brutal conditions. At least 32 died on the job – 1974

Summer photo of Alaska Pipeline

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