Today in Labor History – August 26th

Fannie Sellins, an organizer with the United Mine Workers, witnessed a guard beating Joseph Starzeleski, a picketing miner, to death. When she intervened, deputies shot and killed her with four bullets, and one deputy used a cudgel to fracture her skull. – 1919 After three-quarters of the states ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, […]

Today in Labor History – August 24th

The Mechanics Gazette, believed to be the first U.S. labor newspaper, was published in Philadelphia, the outgrowth of a strike by carpenters demanding a shorter, 10-hour day. The strike lost but labor journalism blossomed: within five years there were 68 labor newspapers across the country, many of them dailies. – 1827 The Gatling Gun Company, […]

Today in Labor History – August 16th

William George Meany was born on this date. Meany was a labor leader for 57 years. He was the key figure in the creation of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and served as its  first president from 1955-1979. Meany’s father was a union plumber, and George also became a […]