Today in Labor History – January 13th

Labor History January 13th

Tompkins Square Riot The original Tompkins Square Riot occurred on this date. Unemployed workers were demonstrating in New York’s Tompkins Square Park, when mounted police charged into the crowd, beating men, women and children indiscriminately with clubs, leaving hundreds of casualties in their wake. Police Commissioner Abram Duryee said, “It was the most glorious sight … Read more

Today in Labor History – January 11th

Labor History January 11th

The “Bread and Roses” textile strike The first American “Modern School”, based on ideas of Francisco Ferrer, was founded by a group including Leonard Abbott, Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman, in New York City. – 1911 The IWW-organized (Industrial Workers of the World) “Bread & Roses” textile strike of 32,000 women and children began on … Read more

Today in Labor History – January 10th

Labor history January 10th

Joe Hill The Pemberton Mill suddenly collapsed in Lawrence, Massachusetts, trapping 900 workers, mostly Irish women. The mill then caught fire, seriously injuring 116 women and killing 88. The fire inquest revealed inferior construction that was too weak to support the brick walls and heavy machinery. The engineer in charge of construction, Captain Charles Bigelow, was … Read more

Today in Labor History – January 9th

labor history january 9th

Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union meeting A Mediation Commission appointed by President Woodrow Wilson found that “industry’s failure to deal with unions” was the prime reason for labor strife in war industries. – 1918 Eighty thousand Chicago construction workers went on strike. -1922 The Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union led a Missouri Highway sit-down of 1,700 families. … Read more

Today in Labor History – January 8th

Labor History January 8th
Mary Kenney O’Sullivan

Mary Kenney O’Sullivan Mary Kenney O’Sullivan (1864-1943) was born on this date in Hannibal, Missouri. O’Sullivan was the first American Federation of Labor (AFL) woman organizer. She also organized the Woman’s Bookbinder Union in 1880 and was a founder of the National Women’s Trade Union League (WTUL) in 1903. – 1864 The largest slave revolt in … Read more

Today in Labor History – January 6th

Labor History january 6th

Author-poet Carl Sandburg was born on this date in Galesburg, Illinois. Sandburg worked as a labor organizer, published in the International Socialist Review, and later worker for the Chicago Daily News. The Feds accused him of being a Bolshevik sympathizer, when he was actually just a working class sympathizer. Sandburg died on July 22, 1967. … Read more