Today in Labor History June 4th

Labor History June 4th
Jimmy Hoffa shows up for trail

Massachusetts became the first state to establish a minimum wage. – 1912 The Zoot Suit riots began on this date in Los Angeles, with white soldiers attacking blacks and Hispanics. – 1943 The House of Representatives approved the Taft-Hartley Act. The legislation allowed the President of the United States to intervene in labor disputes. President … Read more

Today in Labor History – April 13th

Labor History April 13th
Jimmy Hoffa

The Great Northern rail strike began in Helena, Montana, spreading to St. Paul within a few days. The strike was led by Eugene V. Debs, president of the American Railway Union, and succeeded in shutting down critical rail links, resulting in a settlement giving in to nearly all of the union’s demands. The successful strike … Read more

Today in Labor History – February 14th

Labor History February 14th

Jimmy Hoffa Abolitionist Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The exact date of his birth is unknown, but Douglass chose to celebrate February 14 as his birthdate. “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” – 1818 The Western Federation of Miners struck … Read more

Today in Labor History – February 14th

Labor History February 14th

Jimmy Hoffa Abolitionist Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The exact date of his birth is unknown, but Douglass chose to celebrate February 14 as his birthdate. “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” – 1818 The Western Federation of Miners struck … Read more