Today in Labor History – December 3rd

labor history december 3

Oakland General Strike

Textile strikers won a 10-hour day, Fall River, Massachusetts. – 1866

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an 8-hour ordinance covering all city employees. By early 1868, there were dozens of 8-Hour Leagues in San Francisco, and on February 22, thousands marched in San Francisco to celebrate the passage of a statewide eight-hour law. – 1867

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Brotherhood of Timber Workers organized. – 1910

130,000 workers from 142 unions – including workers from factories, industries, services, retail stores, transportation systems, and more, declared a “work holiday” and walked off their jobs in support of striking Oakland, California, department store clerks and in opposition to police intervention that was facilitating strike-breaking activity.  The Oakland General Strike lasted for two days. – 1946

The express passenger train “20th Century Limited” ended over 60 years of service when it took its last run from New York City to Chicago. – 1967

5,000 union construction workers in Oahu, Hawaii marched to City Hall in protest of a proposed construction moratorium by the City Council. – 1976

Arrests began on this date in Middletown, New Jersey, of teachers striking in violation of a no-strike law. Ultimately 228 educators were jailed for up to seven days before they were released following the Middletown Township Education Association’s agreement to take the dispute to mediation. – 2001

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