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 […]

Today in Labor History – May 15th

Pope Leo XIII issued the revolutionary encyclical Rerum novarum in defense of workers and the right to organize. Forty years later to the day, Pope Pius XI issued Quadragesimo anno, believed by many to be even more radical than Leo XIII’s. – 1891 The Western Federation of Miners (WFM) was founded by Big Bill Haywood. […]

Today in Labor History – May 14th

“We Want Beer” marches were held throughout the United States. 15,000 unionized workers demonstrated in Detroit. Prohibition was repealed within a year. – 1932 Milwaukee brewery workers began a 10-week strike, demanding contracts comparable to East and West coast workers. The strike was won because Blatz Brewery accepted their demands, but Blatz was ousted from […]

Today in Labor History – May 13th

The Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. They organized the hard rock miners of the Rocky Mountain states into a labor union deemed radical by most mine owners and investors. -1893 The Canadian government established the Department of Labour. It took the U.S. another four years. – 1909 4,000 dockworkers and members of […]