Today in Labor History – May 26th

Battle of the Overpass
Battle of the Overpass

Men and women weavers in Pawtucket, Rhode Island staged the nation’s first “co-ed” strike. – 1824

The Western Federation of Miners members struck for an eight-hour day, Cripple Creek, Colorado. – 1894

The Actors’ Equity was founded by 112 theater actors meeting in the Pabst Grand Circle Hotel in New York City. A strike six years later, during which membership increased from 3,000 to 14,000, loosened the control on performers’ lives by theater owners and producers. – 1913

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Marine Transport Workers struck in Philadelphia. – 1920

One hundred thousand steelworkers and miners in mines owned by steel companies went on strike in seven states.  The Memorial Day Massacre, in which ten strikers were killed by police at Republic Steel in Chicago, took place four days later on May 30. – 1937

Henry Ford unleashed his company goons on United Auto Workers organizers at the Battle of the Overpass near the River Rouge plant. General Motors and Chrysler signed collective bargaining agreements with the UAW in 1937, but Ford held out until 1942. – 1937

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