Today in Labor History – August 9th

The Knights of Labor went on strike at the New York Central railroad, ultimately to be defeated by scabbing. – 1890

Nine men and one woman, custodians who saw the need to gain protections for themselves and other classified employees,  met in Oakland, Calif. to form what was to become the 230,000-member California School Employees Association, representing school support staff throughout the state. – 1927

The United Papermakers & Paperworkers merged with the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite & Paper Mill Workers of the US & Canada to become the United Paperworkers International Union, now a division of the Steelworkers Union. – 1972

A 58-hour walkout by 73,000 Bell Atlantic workers from 13 states ended in victory. – 1998

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