Today in Labor History June 26th

Labor History June 26th
Armed soldiers pose with locomotive during the Pullman Strike

The American Railway Union launched a boycott of all trains carrying Pullman cars, turning the Pullman strike into a national strike which was eventually crushed by federal troops and by lack of support from the more conservative American Federation of Labor. Strike leader Eugene V. Debs was imprisoned and many workers were blacklisted for their involvement. … Read more

Today in Labor History June 24th

Labor History June 24th

This date marked the birth of Albert Parsons, Haymarket martyr. – 1848 Agnes Nestor was born. Nestor, who began working in a glove factory at age 14, helped to found the International Glove Workers Union and served in various leadership positions within the union from 1903-1948, including president. She helped organize unions in other industries, … Read more

Today in Labor History June 22nd

Labor History June 22nd

After calls for revenge against Standard Oil for the Ludlow Massacre, an anarchist bomb intended for the Rockefeller Mansion unintentionally detonated in the Ferrer Center on this date, killing three anarchists and putting a temporary end to the Modern School, which was housed there. – 1914 A horrific train wreck in northwest Indiana between Gary … Read more

Today in Labor History June 21st

Labor History June 21st

Ten miners accused of being militant “Molly Maguires” were hanged in Pennsylvania. Many historians argue that the Molly Maguires, a secret miners’ organization allegedly responsible for violence and social conflict in the coal regions, never really existed. A private corporation initiated the investigation of the ten accused miners through a private detective agency. A private … Read more

Today in Labor History June 20th

Labor History June 20th

Eugene Debs formed the American Railway Union (ARU), one of the earliest unions to organize by industry and regardless of race or ethnicity (see Knights of Labor and IWW) . Within a few months the union was leading an 18-day strike against the Great Northern Railroad, successfully forcing management to reverse three wage cuts despite the fact … Read more

Today in Labor History June 18th

Labor History June 18th

The American Federation of Teachers issued a charter to the St. Paul Federation of Women Teachers Local 28. One year later, they issued a charter to the men’s teachers’ local. Both locals participated in the first organized teachers’ strike in the nation in 1946. – 1918 Union leader A. Philip Randolph met with President Franklin Roosevelt about … Read more

Today in Labor History June 17th

Labor History June 17th

20 workers were killed and many others were seriously injured in an explosion at the US Arsenal in Washington, D.C.  The workers were girls and young women, mostly Irish immigrants, making ammunition for the Union Army. The funeral procession, which included President Abraham Lincoln, stretched for more than a mile.  A monument was erected in … Read more