Today in Labor History – May 17th


First women’s anti-slavery conference, Philadelphia – 1838

Tom Mooney‘s scheduled date of execution was stayed while case was appealed. Mooney ultimately spent 22 years in prison for the San Francisco Preparedness Day Parade bombing in 1916, a crime he did not commit. Mooney, along with codefendant Warren Billings, were members of the IWW and were railroaded because of their union affiliation -1917

President Truman ended a nation-wide railroad strike by threatening to take over the railroads and send in the army -1947

Supreme Court outlaws segregation in public schools – 1954

Twelve Starbucks baristas in a mid-town Manhattan store, declaring they couldn’t live on $7.75 an hour, signed cards demanding representation by the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies.  – 2004

Fast food workers took to the streets of Milwaukee on Wednesday in a one-day work stoppage to demand a $15.00 an hour wage – 2013


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