Today in Labor History – May 18th

In what may have been baseball’s first labor strike, the Detroit Tigers refuse to play after team leader Ty Cobb was suspended after he went into the stands and beat a fan who had been heckling him. Cobb was reinstated and the Tigers went back to work after the team manager’s failed attempt to replace […]

Today in Labor History – May 17th

The first women’s anti-slavery conference was held on this date in Philadelphia. – 1838 Tom Mooney‘s scheduled date of execution was stayed while the case was appealed. Mooney ultimately spent 22 years in prison for the San Francisco Preparedness Day Parade bombing in 1916, a crime he did not commit. Mooney, along with codefendant Warren […]

Today in Labor History – May 16th

1,600 woodworkers in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, went on strike at seven sash and door manufacturers for better pay and union recognition. – 1898 Congress passed the Sedition Act against radicals, leading to the arrest, imprisonment, execution and deportation of dozens of unionists, anarchists and communists. – 1918 The Teamsters initiated a General Strike for union recognition […]

The Women of Labor

The Women of Labor 25 Women that helped build the Working Class   Labor history is full of contributions from women. Sometimes these contributions were a lifetime dedication to unions and civil rights, other times they gave their lives for the movement. But too often, unions are looked upon as men’s organizations, but in 2014, […]

The Women of Labor – 3

Women of Labor – 3 Margaret Haley “Educate in order that your children may be free. Only through the freedom of their teachers could the children remain free.” Irish Proverb often quoted by Margaret Haley. (November 15, 1861 – January 6, 1939) Margaret Haley was a teacher and unionist who was dubbed the “lady labor […]