Today in Labor History – June 17th

Labor History June 17th

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones 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 … Read more

Today in Labor History – June 15th

Labor History June 15th

Police attack protester during the Battle of Century City   The Metal Trades Department of what now the AFL-CIO is founded. – 1908 The Congress of Industrial Organizations expels the Fur and Leather Workers union and the American Communications Association for what it describes as communist activities. – 1947 Battle of Century City, as police … Read more

Today in Labor History – June 12th

Labor History June 12th

Philip Vera Cruz Fifty thousand members of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen employed in meatpacking plants walked off their jobs; their demands included equalization of wages and conditions throughout US plants. – 1904 Massachusetts became the first state to adopt a minimum wage law. Other states passed similar laws later that year. – … Read more

Today in Labor History – June 10th

Labor History June 10th
Signing the Equal Pay Act

Signing the Equal Pay Act Unions were legalized in Canada. – 1872 A massive strike by miners occurred in Coeur d’Alenes, Idaho. In order to prevent scabs from working the mines while they were on strike, workers destroyed and seized mines. The strike was broken after the state declared martial law. – 1892 In an … Read more

Today in Labor History – June 9th

Labor History June 9th

Leaders of the Women’s Trade Union in 1907. Shown from left to right are Hannah Hennessy, Ida Rauh, Mary Dreir, Mary Kenney O’Sullivan, Margaret Robins, Margie Jones, Agnes Nestor and Helen Marot. Labor activist Helen Marot was born on this day. Marot was a librarian from a wealthy family in Philadelphia, who investigated working conditions … Read more

Today in Labor History – June 8th

Labor History June 8th

Granite Mountain-Speculator Mine The first documented labor strike in San Francisco occurred when Chinese laborers demanded a raise while working on the Parrott Block granite building. – 1852 A battle between the Militia and striking miners at Dunnville, Colorado ended with six union members dead and 15 taken prisoner. Seventy-nine of the strikers were deported … Read more