Today in Labor History – January 6th

Author-poet Carl Sandburg was born on this date in Galesburg, Illinois. Sandburg worked as a labor organizer, published in the International Socialist Review, and later worker for the Chicago Daily News. The Feds accused him of being a Bolshevik sympathizer, when he was actually just a working class sympathizer. Sandburg died on July 22, 1967. – 1878

The Toronto Trades and Labour Council endorsed the principle of equal pay for equal work for men and women. – 1882

A strike was called at the Youngstown Sheet & Tube plant by its 8,000 workers. On January 7, strikers were joined by their wives and other family members on the picket line. Company guards attacked the crowd with tear gas bombs and live fire, killing three strikers and wounding 25 others. – 1916

West Virginia miners launched a wildcat strike to protest the murder of their union reform leader Joseph “Jock” Yablonski. – 1970

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