Today in Labor History – May 22nd


Eugene Debs was thrown in prison for his role in the Pullman Railway Strike (also known as the “Debs Rebellion”). – 1895

White firemen on the Georgia Railroad strike against the hiring of blacks. A New York Times correspondent reports that there is much violence against the black firemen, coming not from the strikers but from “citizens along the line of the road, who object to the preference given negroes over white men.” -1909

Civil Service Retirement Act of 1920 gives federal workers a pension – 1920

The Congress of Industrial Organizations’ (CIO’s) Steel Workers Organizing Committee is disbanded at a Cleveland convention and immediately succeeded by the workers’ new union, the United Steel Workers of America. – 1942


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