Today in Labor History – August 9th

Labor History August 9th

The Knights of Labor went on strike at the New York Central railroad, ultimately to be defeated by scabbing. – 1890

Nine men and one woman, custodians who saw the need to gain protections for themselves and other classified employees, ┬ámet in Oakland, Calif. to form what was to become the 230,000-member California School Employees Association, representing school support staff throughout the state. – 1927

The United Papermakers & Paperworkers merged with the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite & Paper Mill Workers of the US & Canada to become the United Paperworkers International Union, now a division of the Steelworkers Union. – 1972

A 58-hour walkout by 73,000 Bell Atlantic workers from 13 states ended in victory. – 1998

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