Today in Labor History – December 1st

Ralph Chaplin

W. A. “Tony” Boyle, future president of the United Mine Workers (UMW) was born on this date – 1904

The Ford Motor Co. introduced the continuous moving assembly line which could produce a complete car every two-and-a-half minutes – 1913

The famous labor song, “Solidarity Forever,” was written on this date by IWW songwriter Ralph Chaplin. He wrote the song for a hunger march to be led by Lucy Parsons in Chicago – 1914

Kellogg cereal adopts 6-hour day – 1930

United Garment Workers of America merge with United Food & Commercial Workers International Union – 1994

Rosa Parks, a 43-year-old African-American seamstress, boarded a bus in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, and refused to move to the back. She was arrested, triggering a year-long boycott of the city bus system and legal actions which ended racial segregation on municipal buses throughout the southern United States  – 1955

Metal Polishers, Buffers, Platers & Allied Workers International Union & United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum & Plastics Workers of America merge with International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers – 1996

The Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association (YGDNA) became the first nurses in Ohio to engage in a mass resignation or “strike.” According to the American Nurses Association, it may have been the first concerted action by nurses in a labor dispute in the nation – 1966

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3 thoughts on “Today in Labor History – December 1st

  1. Tony Boyle was a fucking convicted murder! Convicted of murdering union rival Jock Yablonski.
    “On December 31, 1969, three killers shot Yablonski, his wife, Margaret, and his 25-year-old daughter, Charlotte dead, as they slept in the Yablonski home in Clarksville, Pennsylvania.”

  2. Why would this site list any event other than the murder conviction…for Tony Boyle? He was not only responsible for murdering a union rival…but the assassins he hired murdered his family as well! Shame on you for the “edited” listing of the murdering scum. I dare you to post this…

    • I’ll approve it and say that if you would look at December 31st your see that event listed. Whether you like it or not, Boyle was the President, and a part of Labor history. In fact, he’s probably more a part due to what he did, so listing his birth is a valid event. This is the third year I’ve listed Boyle’s birth, and on the 31st it will be the third time I’ve listed his crime. As for “edited”, it’s not. His crime is on the date it happened, and the link shown in the listing gives more details on him. That’s why I include links, for further information.


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