Today in Labor History March 18, 2020

Labor History March 18th
Great Postal Strike

Mexican anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón was arrested under the Espionage Act, charged with hindering the American war effort and imprisoned at Leavenworth, where he died under highly suspicious circumstances. The authorities claimed he died of a “heart attack”, but Chicano inmates rioted after his death and killed the prison guard they believed killed Magon. – … Read more

Today in Labor History March 16, 2020

Labor History March 16th

Refusing to accept a 9-cent wage increase, the United Packinghouse Workers of America initiated a nationwide strike against meatpacking companies Swift, Armour, Cudahy, Wilson, Morrell, and others. Packinghouse workers shut down 140 plants around the country. – 1948 The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) was formed in New York to represent New York City public … Read more

Today in Labor History March 15, 2020

Ben Fletcher

Ben Fletcher, African-American IWW organizer, was born on this date. Fletcher organized longshoremen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. – 1877 The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades was founded on this date. Today they represent more than 140,000 members in the construction industry, such as Painters, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, Floor Coverers, and Sign and Display workers. … Read more

Today in Labor History March 12, 2020

Labor History March 12th
Lane Kirkland

Greedy industrialist turned benevolent philanthropist Andrew Carnegie pledged $5.2 million for the construction of 65 branch libraries in New York City, barely 1 percent of his net worth at the time. He established more than 2,500 libraries between 1900 and 1919, following years of treating workers in his steel plants brutally, demanding long hours in … Read more