Today in Labor History – May 26th


Men and women weavers in Pawtucket, R.I. stage nation’s first “co-ed” strike – 1824

Western Federation of Miners members strike for eight-hour day, Cripple Creek, Colo. – 1894

Actors’ Equity is founded by 112 theater actors meeting in the Pabst Grand Circle Hotel in New York City. A strike six years later, during which membership increased from 3,000 to 14,000, loosened the control on performers’ lives by theater owners and producers – 1913

IWW Marine Transport Workers strike, Philadelphia – 1920

One hundred thousand steel workers and miners in mines owned by steel companies strike in seven states.  The Memorial Day Massacre, in which ten strikers were killed by police at Republic Steel in Chicago, took place four days later, on May 30 – 1937

Henry Ford unleashed his company goons on United Auto Workers organizers at the “Battle of the Overpass” near the River Rouge plant. General Motors and Chrysler signed collective bargaining agreements with the UAW in 1937, but Ford held out until 1942 – 1937


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