Today in Labor History – December 28th

labor history december 28

The coffee percolator was patented by James H. Mason of Franklin, Massachusetts, placing himself forever in the debt of millions of caffeine-dependent working people. – 1865

Auto Workers began a sit-down strike at the General Motors Fisher Body plant in Cleveland, Ohio. Two days later, the strike spread to the plant in Flint, Michigan, and continued until GM recognized the United Auto Workers as the bargaining agent for its employees in February 1937.  – 1936

President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the Army to seize the executive offices of Montgomery Ward and Company after the patriotic corporation failed to comply with a National War Labor Board directive regarding union shops. – 1944

Country music legend Hank Williams attended what was to be his last musicians’ union meeting, at the Elite (pronounced E-light) café in Montgomery, Alabama. He died of apparent heart failure three days later in the back seat of a car driving north. He was 29. – 1952

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