Today in Labor History – November 16th

The Ravensdale Coal Mine The Ravensdale coal mine explosion killed 31 workers in Washington state. The mine was well known for excessive coal dust. – 1916 A county judge in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania granted an injunction requested by the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Company forbidding strikers from speaking to strikebreakers, posting signs declaring a strike is in […]

Today in Labor History – November 15th

John L Lewis The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions of the United States and Canada was founded in Pittsburgh.  FOTLU was the predecessor organization to what became the American Federation of Labor in 1886.  Its goal was to “organize a systematic agitation to propagate trades union principles…to elevate trades unionism, and to obtain […]

Today in Labor History – November 14th

Joe McCarthy The National Women’s Trade Union League was formed in Boston. It was organized as a coalition of working-class women, professional reformers, and women from wealthy and prominent families. Its purpose was to “assist in the organization of women wage workers into trade unions and thereby to help them secure conditions necessary for healthful and […]

Today in Labor History – November 13th

Karen Silkwood Over 20,000 workers participated in the funeral march for the Haymarket anarchists framed for throwing the Haymarket bomb. – 1887 259 miners died in the underground Cherry Mine fire in Cherry, Illinois. As a result of the disaster, Illinois established stricter safety regulations and in 1911, the basis for the state’s Workers Compensation […]