Today in Labor History – October 8th

 

today labor history october 8

The Great Chicago Fire began, a fire that would burn through the early morning hours of October 10.  The fire injured 30 of the city’s 185 firefighters, claimed the lives of hundreds of people, left nearly a third of the city homeless, and destroyed almost 20,000 buildings. – 1871

A General Strike was called to demand the release of Tom Mooney and amnesty for all political prisoners.  Mooney was a labor organizer who was falsely convicted of the fatal Preparedness Day bombing. He was not released until 1939. – 1919

The Upholsterers’ International Union of North America merged with the United Steelworkers of America. – 1985

The Deadly Night of October 8, 1871: The Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo Fire

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