History of the Working Class

Today in Labor History – August 14th
Squatters’ riots occurred in California on this day. 500 militiamen were sent to Sacramento to quell the uprising and martial
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Today in Labor History – August 13th
Striking miners at Tracy City, Tennessee, captured their mines and freed 300 state convict strikebreakers. The convicts had been “leased”
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Today in Labor History – August 12th
The national Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners was founded in Chicago in a gathering of 36 carpenters from 11 cities.
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Today in Labor History – August 11th
Federal troop drove over 1,200 jobless workers from the nation’s capital. Led by unemployed activist Charles “Hobo” Kelley and Jacob
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Today in Labor History August 10th
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) was founded at a meeting in Chicago attended by 24 activists from across the
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Today in Labor History August 9th
The Knights of Labor went on strike at the New York Central railroad, ultimately to be defeated by scabbing. –
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Today in Labor History August 8th
Delegates to the St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly elected 35-year-old Charles James, leader of the Boot and Shoe Workers’
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Today in Labor History August 7th
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was born on this day in Concord, New Hampshire. Flynn was a labor leader, activist, and feminist
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Today in Labor History August 6th
The Cigar Makers’ International Union of America merged with the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union. – 1974 The American
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Today in Labor History August 5th
  Using clubs, police routed 1,500 jobless men who had stormed the plant of the Fruit Growers Express Company in
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