Today in Labor History -March 11th

John Luther "Casey" Jones

John Luther “Casey” Jones

Fabled railroad engineer John Luther “Casey” Jones was born on this date in southeast Missouri. A member of the Railroad Engineers, he was the sole fatality in a wreck near Vaughan, Mississippi on April 29, 1900. His skill and heroics prevented many more deaths. – 1863

The MacBeth mine exploded in West Virginia, killing 18 workers.  – 1937

Transport Workers Union members at American Airlines won an 11-day national strike, gaining what the union said was the first severance pay clause in industry. – 1950

Cesar Chavez ended another fast (this one for 23 days).- 1976

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