Today in Labor History – April 10th

Labor History April 10th
The “Saint of Labor Day” Frances Perkins

133 people, mostly women and girls, were killed when an explosion in the loading room tore apart the Eddystone Ammunition Works in Eddystone, Pennsylvania, near Chester. Fifty-five of the dead were never identified. – 1917 Labor leader, community organizer, civil rights activist, and feminist Dolores Huerta was born on this date. With Cesar Chavez, she co-founded … Read more

Today in Labor History – March 4th

Labor History March 4th
Frances Perkins

In his inaugural address, President Thomas Jefferson declared: “Take not from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.” – 1801 Union Stockyards opened in Chicago, establishing the Windy City as the world’s largest meatpacking center by the end of the decade. Thousands of workers migrated to Chicago to work in the yards, leading … Read more

Today in Labor History – March 4th

Labor History March 4th
Frances Perkins

Frances Perkins In his inaugural address, President Thomas Jefferson declared: “Take not from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.” – 1801 Union Stockyards opened in Chicago, establishing the Windy City as the world’s largest meatpacking center by the end of the decade. Thousands of workers migrated to Chicago to work in the … Read more

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