Today in Labor History – May 12th

Sacco and Vanzetti
Sacco and Vanzetti

Nearly 150,000 anthracite coal miners went on strike in Eastern Pennsylvania for higher wages, better working conditions, and recognition of their union: the United Mine Workers of America. After months of an extreme coal shortage, President Teddy Roosevelt intervened, a commission was set up, and the strike was called off after 163 days. – 1902

The “Three Day’s Battle” began along both shores of the Tug River in West Virginia, with sniping by labor strikers at state police, deputies and coal company officials. – 1921

The Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld the death sentences of Sacco and Vanzetti, denying their motion for a new trial. – 1926

The Laundry and Dry Cleaning International Union was granted a charter by the AFL-CIO. – 1958

The International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots merged with the Longshoremen’s’ Association. – 1971

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the Agriprocessors, Inc. slaughterhouse and meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa, arresting nearly 400 immigrant workers. Some 300 were convicted on document fraud charges. The raid was the largest ever to date.  Several employees and lower and mid-level managers were convicted on various charges, but not the owner—although he later was jailed for bank fraud and related crimes. – 2008

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