Today in Labor History September 25th

Labor History September 25th
Lewis Hines

American photographer Lewis Hine was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Hine used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States. – 1874 [click_to_tweet tweet=”Lewis Hine was born, African-American sharecroppers strike,  and John Howard Lawson was born.” quote=”Lewis Hine was born, African-American sharecroppers … Read more

Today in Labor History September 24th

Labor History September 24th
The Chicago 8

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) were declared illegal in Canada. The ban was lifted in 1919. By 1923, the IWW had several branches in Canada, including the Lumberworkers International Union (LWIU) 120 and Marine Transport Workers International Union 510 in Vancouver, and an LWIU branch in Cranbrook BC for a total of 5,600 members. – 1918 [click_to_tweet … Read more

Today in Labor History September 21st

Labor History September 21st
Mary Harris “Mother” Jones

The militia was sent to Leadville, Colorado to bust a miners’ strike.  Leadville was a leading mining community during the latter half of the 19th century due to its rich silver deposits. The amazing mineral wealth of Colorado turned it into the nation’s main mining region, and contributed to the wealth of families like the Guggenheims. … Read more

Today in Labor History – September 20th

Labor History September 20th
Steel-drivin’ man, John Henry

Upton Sinclair was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Sinclair wrote the 1906 novel The Jungle, which became famous for its vivid portrayal of the unsanitary condition of Chicago meatpacking houses. It was also an indictment of the bosses’ exploitation of workers, political corruption, union corruption, and the abuse of immigrants. – 1878 [click_to_tweet tweet=”Upton Sinclair, the author … Read more

Today in Labor History September 19th

Labor History September 19th
Solidarity Day March

Chinese coal miners are forced out of Black Diamond, Washington. – 1885 Between 400,000 and 500,000 unionists converge on Washington D.C. for a Solidarity Day, a march and for a rally “Jobs, Justice, Compassion” in response to President Ronald Reagan’s anti-worker, anti-union policies. 250 organizations, including unions, civil rights, religious, and social justice participated. – … Read more

Today in Labor History September 17th

Labor History September 17th
Pittston Coal Strike

The Allegheny Arsenal exploded, killing seventy-five workers, including 43 women—the worst industrial accident associated with the Civil War. – 1862 At a New York convention of the National Labor Congress, Susan B. Anthony called for the formation of a Working Women’s Association. As a delegate to the Congress, she persuaded the committee on female labor … Read more

Today in Labor History September 16th

Labor History September 16th

Members of the Fruit and Vegetable Workers’ Union blocked downtown Salinas, California streets to stop a convoy of trucks carrying produce harvested by strikebreakers. – 1936 [click_to_tweet tweet=”Oil workers go on strike in 20 states, National Hockey League players locked out, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee wins at Mount Olive Pickle and more.” quote=”Oil workers … Read more