Today in Labor History May 22, 2020

Eugene Debs
While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free - Eugene V Debs Click To Tweet

Eugene Debs was thrown in prison for his role in the Pullman Railway Strike (also known as the “Debs Rebellion”). – 1895

White firemen on the Georgia Railroad struck against the hiring of blacks. A New York Times correspondent reported that there was much violence against the black firemen, coming not from the strikers but from “citizens along the line of the road, who object to the preference given negroes over white men.” -1909

Eugene Debs goes to prison, the Civil Service Retirement Act gives federal workers a pension, the Steelworkers Organizing Committee was disbanded, and more. Click To Tweet

The Civil Service Retirement Act of 1920 gives federal workers a pension. – 1920

The Congress of Industrial Organizations’ (CIOs) Steelworkers Organizing Committee was disbanded at a Cleveland convention and immediately succeeded by the workers’ new union, the United Steelworkers of America. – 1942

The first strike by Chicago teachers began on this day and lasted for three days. – 1969

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