Today in Labor History – March 12th

Labor History March 12th
Lane Kirkland

Greedy industrialist turned benevolent philanthropist Andrew Carnegie pledged $5.2 million for the construction of 65 branch libraries in New York City, barely 1 percent of his net worth at the time. He established more than 2,500 libraries between 1900 and 1919, following years of treating workers in his steel plants brutally, demanding long hours in … Read more

Today in Labor History – March 6th

Labor History March 6
The Little Red Song Book

The Dred Scott decision by the U.S. Supreme Court opened up federal territories to slavery and denied citizenship to blacks. – 1857 This date marked the Founding of the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, a union of mariners, fishermen and boatmen working on U.S. flag vessels in San Francisco. – 1885 The Knights of Labor picketed to … Read more

Today in Labor History – March 5th

Labor History March 5th
Crispus Attucks

British soldiers, quartered in the homes of colonists, took the jobs of working people when jobs were scarce. On this date, grievances of ropemakers against the soldiers led to a fight. Soldiers shot down Crispus Attucks, a black colonist, then others, in what became known as the Boston Massacre. Attucks is considered the first casualty … Read more

Today in Labor History – June 27th

Labor History June 27th

Emma Goldman Emma Goldman, women’s rights activist and radical, was born in Lithuania. She came to the US at age 17. – 1869 The Bureau of Labor, which will become the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), was established. Today, the BLS is a governmental agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates statistical data on employment, … Read more