Today in Labor History January 17th

labor history January 17th
Pablo Manlapit

Filipino labor organizer, lawyer, and migrant-rights activist Pablo Manlapit was born. He moved to Hawaii as a young man and worked on several sugar plantations before pursuing a law degree. Hawaii’s first Filipino lawyer, Manlapit worked tirelessly to represent Filipino workers. He helped organize the Filipino Labor Union and was a leading figure in the … Read more

Today in Labor History January 16th

labor history january 16th
Leonard Woodcock

The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect. The Pendleton Act established that positions within the federal government should be awarded based on merit, not political affiliation. – 1883 Thousands of detainees, including foreign-born radicals and “labor agitators” arrested during the Palmer Raids, won their right to meet … Read more

Today in Labor History January 13th

Labor History January 13th
Tompkins Square Riot

The original Tompkins Square Riot occurred on this date. Unemployed workers were demonstrating in New York’s Tompkins Square Park, when mounted police charged into the crowd, beating men, women and children indiscriminately with clubs, leaving hundreds of casualties in their wake. Police Commissioner Abram Duryee said, “It was the most glorious sight I ever saw.” … Read more

Today in Labor History January 11th

Labor History January 11th
The "Bread and Roses" textile strike

The first American “Modern School”, based on ideas of Francisco Ferrer, was founded by a group including Leonard Abbott, Alexander Berkman, and Emma Goldman, in New York City. – 1911 The IWW-organized (Industrial Workers of the World) “Bread & Roses” textile strike of 32,000 women and children began on this date in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The … Read more

Today in Labor History January 9th

labor history january 9th
Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union meeting

A Mediation Commission appointed by President Woodrow Wilson found that “industry’s failure to deal with unions” was the prime reason for labor strife in war industries. – 1918 Eighty thousand Chicago construction workers went on strike. -1922 The Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union led a Missouri Highway sit-down of 1,700 families. They had been evicted from … Read more

Today in Labor History January 8th

Labor History January 8th
Mary Kenney O’Sullivan

Mary Kenney O’Sullivan (1864-1943) was born on this date in Hannibal, Missouri. O’Sullivan was the first American Federation of Labor (AFL) woman organizer. She also organized the Woman’s Bookbinder Union in 1880 and was a founder of the National Women’s Trade Union League (WTUL) in 1903. – 1864 The largest slave revolt in U.S. history began … Read more