Today in Labor History – January 24th

labor history january 24

At the height of the World War 1 Red Scare, Palmer raids that began on January 2 and continued throughout January, resulted in the arrest of 3,000 labor activists and suspected anarchists and communists in 30 cities and 20 states.  – 1920

Krueger Cream Ale, the first canned beer, went on sale in Richmond, Virginia.  Pabst was the second brewer in the same year to sell beer in cans, which came with opening instructions and the suggestion “cool before serving”. – 1935

The United Auto Workers (UAW) organized their first aircraft local. – 1937

Federal minimum wage increased to 75¢ an hour. – 1952

Polish-American labor leader Emil Rieve died. In the early 1930s, Rieve organized textile workers in Pennsylvania and in 1937 led a successful sit-down strike of 50,000 textile workers. He served as president of the Textile Workers Union of America from 1939 to 1956, which was formed from a merger of the Textile Workers Organizing Committee and the United Textile Workers of America. – 1974

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