Today in Labor History – January 22nd

Terence V. Powderly

Terence V. Powderly

Indian field hands at the San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California. – 1826

Terence V. Powderly was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Powderly would become the Grand Master Workman of the Knights of Labor, a labor organization that promoted an eight-hour workday, the end of child and convict labor, a graduated income tax, equal pay for equal work, and worker cooperatives. At its height in 1886, the Knights had over 700,000 members. – 1849

The United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio, with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National Progressive Miners Union. – 1890

Five hundred New York City tenants battled police to prevent evictions. – 1932

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