Today in Labor History – January 10th

Labor history January 10th
Joe Hill

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

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 1st

labor history january 1st
 Shutting down the New York Transit Authority

Shutting down the New York Transit Authority William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator, an abolitionist newspaper, was published for the first time. The Liberator was published weekly in Boston for 35 years from January 1, 1831 to its final issue December 29, 1865. Although it had a circulation of only 3000, three-quarters being African Americans, the newspaper gained nationwide notoriety … Read more