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

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 – December 9th

Labor History December 9th

Knights of Labor The Knights of Labor was founded on this date in Philadelphia as a secret society open to all members of the producing classes except “parasites” like stockbrokers, gamblers, and lawyers. The Knights were one of the most important labor organizations of the late 1800s, reaching a membership of 700,000 by 1886. While … Read more