Today in Labor History June 15th

Labor History June 15th

The Metal Trades Department of what now the AFL-CIO is founded. – 1908 The Congress of Industrial Organizations expels the Fur and Leather Workers union and the American Communications Association for what it describes as communist activities. – 1947 Battle of Century City, as police in Los Angeles attack some 500 janitors and their supporters … Read more

Today in Labor History June 12th

Labor History June 12th

Fifty thousand members of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen employed in meatpacking plants walked off their jobs; their demands included equalization of wages and conditions throughout US plants. – 1904 Massachusetts became the first state to adopt a minimum wage law. Other states passed similar laws later that year. – 1912 The US … Read more

Today in Labor History June 11th

Labor History June 11th

Representatives from the AFL, Knights of Labor, populists, railroad brotherhoods and other trade unions held a unity conference in St. Louis but failed to overcome their differences. – 1894 Cops shot black and white IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) members and AFL maritime workers who were striking against United Fruit company in New Orleans, killing one and … Read more

Today in Labor History June 10th

Labor History June 10th
Signing the Equal Pay Act

Unions were legalized in Canada. – 1872 A massive strike by miners occurred in Coeur d’Alenes, Idaho. In order to prevent scabs from working the mines while they were on strike, workers destroyed and seized mines. The strike was broken after the state declared martial law. – 1892 In an effort to break the picket … Read more

Today in Labor History June 9th

Labor History June 9th

Labor activist Helen Marot was born on this day. Marot was a librarian from a wealthy family in Philadelphia, who investigated working conditions among children and women. During her life, she participated in numerous labor organizations, particularly those dedicated to the interests of women, such as the Women’s Trade Union League and the Bookkeepers, Stenographers, … Read more

Today in Labor History June 8th

Labor History June 8th

The first documented labor strike in San Francisco occurred when Chinese laborers demanded a raise while working on the Parrott Block granite building. – 1852 A battle between the Militia and striking miners at Dunnville, Colorado ended with six union members dead and 15 taken prisoner. Seventy-nine of the strikers were deported to Kansas two … Read more

Today in Labor History June 7th

Labor History June 7th

The Colorado state militia was sent to Cripple Creek (again) to suppress a Western Federation of Miners (WFM) strike. A brutal strike occurred in Cripple Creek in 1894, the only time a state militia was called out in support of striking workers. There had been numerous firefights between striking workers and the mine owners’ private … Read more

Today in Labor History June 6th

Labor History June 6th
Lansing’s Labor Holiday

The US Employment Service was created. – 1933 A general strike by 12,000 auto workers and others in Lansing, Michigan shut down the city for a month in what was to become known as the city’s “Labor Holiday” The strike was precipitated by the arrest of nine workers, including the wife of the auto workers … Read more