Today in Labor History – January 5th

Building the Golden Gate Bridge

Building the Golden Gate Bridge

The nation’s first Black labor convention was held in Washington, D.C., with 214 delegates forming the Colored National Labor Union. – 1869

Ford Motor Company raised wages from $2.40 for a 9-hour day to $5 for an 8 hour day in an effort to keep the unions out. – 1914

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began on this day. Click To TweetTen of the eleven deaths on the job came when safety netting beneath the site, the first-ever use of such equipment, failed under the stress of a scaffold that had fallen. Nineteen other workers were saved by the net over the course of construction. They became members of the (informal) Halfway to Hell Club. – 1933

Joseph “Jock” Yablonski, a United Mine Workers reform candidate who tried to unseat President Tony Boyle, was murdered with his wife and daughter on December 31st by assassins sent by Boyle. Their bodies were found today in their Pennsylvania home. Boyle was later convicted of the killing. – 1970

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