Today in Labor History – January 22nd

Terence V. Powderly Indian field hands at the San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California. – 1826 Terence V. Powderly was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Powderly would become the Grand Master Workman of the Knights of Labor, a labor organization that promoted an […]

Today in Labor History – January 21st

Police attacking Longshoremen in Charleston A four-day strike by 2,000 postal workers at the New Jersey Bulk and Foreign Mail Center in Jersey City began on this date. The “Battle of the Bulk” was caused by postal management’s unilateral changes in workers’ hours and working conditions. The wildcat strike was led by a group of young […]