Today in Labor History June 17th

Labor History June 17th

20 workers were killed and many others were seriously injured in an explosion at the US Arsenal in Washington, D.C.  The workers were girls and young women, mostly Irish immigrants, making ammunition for the Union Army. The funeral procession, which included President Abraham Lincoln, stretched for more than a mile.  A monument was erected in … Read more

Today in Labor History May 1st

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 – March 27th

Labor History March 27th
Mother Jones

  This day marked the start of the 8-month Northern railway strike in Canada by the IWW. Wobblies picketed employment offices in Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Tacoma and Minneapolis in order to block the hiring of scabs. – 1912 Fellow workers pay attention to what I’m going to mention, For it is the fixed intention of the Workers … Read more

Today in Labor History – February 13th

Labor History February 13th

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones Boston Latin School was opened, the first public school in the United States.  – 1635 A flour Riot occurred in New York City. 6,000 New Yorkers attending a “bread, meat, rent, and fuel” meeting in Chatham Square assaulted local flour merchants who they claimed were hoarding flour in order to drive … Read more

Today in Labor History – February 3rd

Labor History February 3rd

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones The US Supreme Court ruled the United Hatters Union violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by organizing a nationwide boycott of Danbury Hatters of Connecticut. – 1908 Mary Harris “Mother” Jones addressed Milwaukee brewery workers during a two-month stint working alongside women bottle-washers while on leave from the United Mine Workers: ”Condemned … Read more

Today in Labor History – May 1st

Labor History May 1st
Mary Harris "Mother" Jones

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 … Read more

Today in Labor History – February 3rd

Labor History February 3rd

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones The US Supreme Court ruled the United Hatters Union violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by organizing a nationwide boycott of Danbury Hatters of Connecticut. – 1908 Mary Harris “Mother” Jones addressed Milwaukee brewery workers during a two-month stint working alongside women bottle-washers while on leave from the United Mine Workers: ”Condemned … Read more