Today in Labor History – September 20th

Steel-drivin’ man, John Henry Upton Sinclair was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Sinclair wrote the 1906 novel The Jungle, which became famous for its vivid portrayal of the unsanitary condition of Chicago meat packing houses. It was also an indictment of the bosses’ exploitation of workers, political corruption, union corruption, and the abuse of immigrants. – 1878 […]

Today in Labor History – September 19th

Solidarity Day March Chinese coal miners are forced out of Black Diamond, Washington. – 1885 Between 400,000 and 500,000 unionists converge on Washington D.C. for a Solidarity Day, a march and for a rally “Jobs, Justice, Compassion” in response to President Ronald Reagan’s anti-worker, anti-union policies. 250 organizations, including unions, civil rights, religious, and social […]

Today in Labor History – September 17th

Pittston Coal Strike The Allegheny Arsenal exploded, killing seventy-five workers, including 43 women—the worst industrial accident associated with the Civil War. – 1862 At a New York convention of the National Labor Congress, Susan B. Anthony called for the formation of a Working Women’s Association. As a delegate to the Congress, she persuaded the committee […]