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 – February 7th

Labor history February 7th
The Imperial Sugar Co. refinery, known to many as Dixie Crystals or the Savannah Sugar Refinery, was heavily damaged by explosions and fire Thursday night. At least 40 were injured; Six are still reported missing. (Carl Elmore/Savannah Morning News)

Imperial Sugar refinery Union miners in Cripple Creek, Colorado began what was to become a five-month strike. It started when mine owners cut wages to $2.50 a day, from $3. The state militia was called out in support of the strikers, the only time in U.S. history that a militia was directed to side with … Read more

Today in Labor History – January 7th

labor history january 7th

An explosion at Osage Coal and Mining Company’s Mine Number 11 near Krebs, Oklahoma killed 100 and injured 150 when an untrained worker accidentally set off a stash of explosives. – 1892 [bctt tweet=”Wobblie Tom Mooney, a labor activist wrongly convicted of murder in the San Francisco Preparedness Day bombing in July 1916, was freed … Read more