Today in Labor History May 26, 2020

Labor History May 26th
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 City. A strike six … Read more

Today in Labor History May 23, 2020

Labor History May 23rd
Battle of Toledo

The first American nursery school was established in New York City as a way to “relieve parents of the laboring classes” and offer their children “protection from idleness” and other evils that typically infected the rabble. – 1827 An estimated 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, went on strike in the Philadelphia area. … Read more

Today in Labor History May 17, 2020

Labor History May 17th

The first women’s anti-slavery conference was held on this date in Philadelphia. – 1838 Tom Mooney‘s scheduled date of execution was stayed while the case was appealed. Mooney ultimately spent 22 years in prison for the San Francisco Preparedness Day Parade bombing in 1916, a crime he did not commit. Mooney, along with codefendant Warren … Read more

Today in Labor History May 16, 2020

Labor History May 16th

1,600 woodworkers in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, went on strike at seven sash and door manufacturers for better pay and union recognition. – 1898 Congress passed the Sedition Act against radicals, leading to the arrest, imprisonment, execution and deportation of dozens of unionists, anarchists and communists. – 1918 The Teamsters initiated a General Strike for union recognition … Read more

Today in Labor History May 15, 2020

Labor History May 15th

Pope Leo XIII issued the revolutionary encyclical Rerum novarum in defense of workers and the right to organize. Forty years later to the day, Pope Pius XI issued Quadragesimo anno, believed by many to be even more radical than Leo XIII’s. – 1891 The Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana by Big Bill Haywood.  They organized … Read more

Today in Labor History May 13, 2020

Labor History May 13th

The Canadian government established the Department of Labour. It took the U.S. another four years. – 1909 4,000 dockworkers and members of the predominantly African-American Marine Transport Workers’ Local 8 of the Industrial Workers of the World began what would be a successful strike in Philadelphia over wages and union recognition. Through strikes, slow-downs, and other workplace … Read more