Today in Labor History – November 3rd

Philadelphia Transit Strike

California Workingmen’s Party orator Dennis Kearney was arrested and jailed for two weeks for “incendiary speeches.” – 1887

Striking milk drivers dumped thousands of gallons of milk on New York City streets. – 1921

A United Mine Workers strike that led to a U.S. government takeover of the mines ended on this date with a contract providing higher pay and other benefits. – 1943

[bctt tweet=”Almost 5,000 transit workers of Transport Workers Union Local 234 strike in Philadelphia over wages, pensions, and benefits.” username=”VoicesOfLabor”] The strike shut down the city’s transportation services and after six days, a five-year contract deal was reached that provided pay and benefit increases. – 2009

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