Today in Labor History May 5, 2020

Labor HIstory May 5th
Harlan Country

The National Typographical Union was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was renamed the International Typographical Union in 1869 in acknowledgment of Canadian members. When the ITU merged into CWA in 1986 it was the oldest existing union in the U.S. – 1852 The Knights of Labor struck at Union Pacific against wage cuts and won. – 1884 … Read more

Today in Labor History May 4, 2020

Labor History May 4th
Haymarket Square

A day after police killed four striking workers and injured hundreds, protesters gathered at Haymarket Square in Chicago. As the peaceful event drew to a close, a bomb was thrown into the police line, killing one officer and injuring several. Police responded by shooting into the crowd, killing one and wounding many. Eight anarchists were … Read more

Today in Labor History May 1, 2020

Labor History May 1st
Mary Harris "Mother" Jones

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones was born on this day. Mother Jones was renowned for her militancy and fiery oration, as well as her many juicy quotes. She once said, “I’m no lady. I’m a hell-raiser.”  She also was an internationalist, saying “My address is wherever there is a fight against oppression.” Despite the difficulties of constant travel, poor … Read more

Today in Labor History May 4th

Labor History May 4th
Haymarket Square

A day after police killed four striking workers and injured hundreds, protesters gathered at Haymarket Square in Chicago. As the peaceful event drew to a close, a bomb was thrown into the police line, killing one officer and injuring several. Police responded by shooting into the crowd, killing one and wounding many. Eight anarchists were … Read more