Today in Labor History April 10, 2020

The “Saint of Labor Day” Frances Perkins

This was the birth date of Frances Perkins, the “Saint of Labor Day”, named Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, becoming the first woman to hold a cabinet-level office. – 1880 133 people, mostly women and girls, were killed when an explosion in the loading room tore apart the Eddystone Ammunition … Read more

Today in Labor History March 4, 2020

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

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