Today in Labor History – May 24th

After 14 years of construction and the deaths of 27 workers, the Brooklyn Bridge over New York’s East River opened. Newspapers call it “the eighth wonder of the world”. – 1883 UAW labor leader Victor Reuther was shot and nearly killed at his Detroit home by police. His brother Walter had previously survived an attempted […]

Today in Labor History – May 23rd

The first American nursery school was established in New York City as a way to “relieve parents of the laboring classes” and offer their children “protection from idleness” and other evils that typically infected the rabble. – 1827 An estimated 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, went on strike in the Philadelphia area. […]

Today in Labor History – May 22nd

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 […]

Today in Labor History – May 21st

Italian activists and anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, widely believed to have been framed for murder, went on trial today. They eventually were executed as part of a government campaign against dissidents. – 1921 The Minneapolis General Strike by the Teamsters Union commenced, with a pitched battle between striking Teamsters and business goons. – […]

Today in Labor History – May 20th

The first American public school was established in Dorchester, Massachusetts. – 1639 The Railway Labor Act was enacted in the wake of strikes and federal seizures of the railroads. The law guaranteed collective bargaining rights to railroad workers. – 1926 9,000 rubber workers went on strike in Akron, Ohio. – 1933 Steelworkers at Jones and […]

Today in Labor History – May 19th

An explosion in Coal Creek, Tennessee killed 184 miners. – 1902 Ten people were killed when coal company officials in Matewan, West Virginia, tried to remove striking union workers from coal company housing. They sent in agents from the Baldwin-Felts detective agency who evicted several families before trying to hop on a train out of […]