Today in Labor History – July 19th

Labor History July 19th

The Women’s Rights Convention opened in Seneca Falls, New York.  Delegates adopted a Declaration of Women’s Rights and called for women’s suffrage. – 1848 In the midst of the Great Strike of 1877, Pittsburgh workers drove soldiers out of town. Trainmen took control of the railroads in Pittsburgh to protest wage cuts. Two days later, … Read more

Today in Labor History – July 17th

Labor History July 17th

Today marked the beginning of Seattle’s Potlatch Riots in which soldiers and sailors brawled with members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) during Seattle’s Potlatch Festival. Alden Blethen, publisher of the “Seattle Times,” who hated free speech and feared “radical elements,” had been fanning the flames of reaction against the IWW and local activists. He was highly critical of … Read more

Today in Labor History – July 15th

Labor History July 15th

50,000 lumberjacks strike for an eight-hour day. – 1917 Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman, and other radicals were indicted under the new Espionage Act for their anti-draft activities. Goldman and Berkman got two-year prison sentences and $10,000 fines. – 1917 After leading a fierce battle on behalf of sharecroppers and tenant farmers in Alabama, Ralph Gray, … Read more

Today in Labor History – July 13th

Labor History July 13th

Detroit Newspaper workers on strike Martial law was declared in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, with National Guards and federal troops coming to “restore order” after the dynamiting at the Frisco mine on July 11. – 1892 600 Pressed Steel Car employees went out on strike, supported and encouraged by the IWW. Company President Frank N. Hoffstat immediately … Read more

Today in Labor History – July 11th

Labor History July 11th

Striking coal miners in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, used dynamite to destroy barracks housing Pinkerton management thugs. – 1892 A nine-year strike, the longest in the history of the United Auto Workers, began at the Division of Park-Ohio Industries Inc. in Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio. During the strike the company lost nearly $50 million, $34.5 in 1992 … Read more

Today in Labor History – July 10th

Labor History July 10th

Mary Jane McLeod Bethune Mary Jane McLeod Bethune was born. Bethune was an American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian, and civil right activist best known for starting a private school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. She attracted donations of time and money, and developed the academic school as a college. It later continued to … Read more