Today in Labor History – October 8th

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. Mary Harris “Mother” Jones lost her home and her shop, setting the scene for the start of her career as “The most dangerous Woman in America”– 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

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