Today in Labor History – March 10th


U.S. Supreme Court upholds espionage conviction of labor leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs. Debs was jailed for speaking out against World War I. Campaigning for president from his Atlanta jail cell, he won 6 percent of the vote – 1919

New York City bus drivers, members of the Transport Workers Union, go on strike. After 12 days of no buses – and a large show of force by Irish-American strikers at the St. Patrick’s Day parade – Mayor Fiorello La Guardia orders arbitration – 1941

United Farm Workers leader César Chávez breaks a 24-day fast, by doctor’s order, at a mass in Delano, California’s public park. Several thousand supporters are at his side, including Sen. Robert Kennedy. Chavez called it “a fast for non-violence and a call to sacrifice” – 1968

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3 thoughts on “Today in Labor History – March 10th

  1. Excuse me… the march in downtown Chicago by more than a quarter of a million immigrant workers in 2006 does not qualify for Today in Labor?

    • It does, and since I’m not perfect, I missed it. I’ll make a note to include it in the future. (and add it here when I get a few minutes) Thanks for keeping me honest


      • Thanks Steve!
        As a matter of fact, I am working on an immigrant-worker calendar and, of course, the 2006 marches are high in it.

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