Today in Labor History – June 3rd

Labor History June 3rd

The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) was formed.  At its founding convention, delegates represented roughly 2,000 members.  The ILGWU grew to become one of the largest unions in the US, with 450,000 members at its peak in 1969.  It merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in 1995 to form the Union … Read more

Today in Labor History – June 2nd

Labor History June 2nd

Printers in Philadelphia began what was to be a successful strike to protest a reduction in their wages from 45 shillings to 35 shillings a week.  According to Henry Rosemont, the International Typographical Union’s unofficial historian, “these were the first American workers who deliberately voted to stand out for a specific wage and to provide … Read more

Today in Labor History – June 1st

Labor History June 1st
W. E. DuBois

W. E. DuBois Based in Illinois, the Ladies Federal Labor Union Number 2703 was granted a charter from the American Federation of Labor. Women from a wide range of occupations were among the members, who were ultimately successful in coalescing women’s groups interested in suffrage, temperance, health, housing, and child labor reform to win state … Read more

Today in Labor History – May 31st

Labor History May 31st
Rose Will Monroe, Rosie the Riveter

Rose Will Monroe, Rosie the Riveter The Johnstown Flood occurred on this date.  More than 2,200 died when a dam holding back a private resort lake burst upstream of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  The resort was owned by wealthy industrialists including Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick.  Neither they nor any other members of the South Fork … Read more

Today in Labor History – May 28th

Labor History May 28th
Arrested during the Rochester General Strike

Arrested during the Rochester General Strike The Ladies Shoe Binders Society formed in New York. – 1835 The first American law prohibiting employment of women was passed to prevent women from working in coal mines in Illinois. – 1879 At least 30,000 workers in Rochester, New York, participated in a general strike in support of … Read more

Today in Labor History – May 26th

Labor History May 26th
Battle of the Overpass

Battle of the Overpass Men and women weavers in Pawtucket, Rhode Island staged the nation’s first “co-ed” strike. – 1824 The Western Federation of Miners members struck for an eight-hour day, Cripple Creek, Colorado. – 1894 The Actors’ Equity was founded by 112 theater actors meeting in the Pabst Grand Circle Hotel in New York … Read more

Today in Labor History – May 25th

Labor History May 25th
Remington Rand strike

Remington Rand strike Pressured by employers, striking shoemakers in Philadelphia were arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy for violating an English common law that barred schemes aimed at forcing wage increases. The strike was broken. – 1805 The U.S. slave trade was abolished. – 1807 Philip Murray was born in Scotland. He went on to … Read more