Today in Labor History September 3rd

Labor History September 3rd
Imperial Poultry processing plant fire

African-American cotton pickers organized and went on strike against miserably low wages and other injustices in Lee County, Texas.  Growers had an arrangement with local law enforcement to round up blacks on vagrancy charges, then force them to work off their fines on select plantations. Over the course of September, a white mob put down … Read more

Today in Labor History -March 11th

Labor History March 11th
John Luther "Casey" Jones

Fabled railroad engineer John Luther “Casey” Jones was born on this date in southeast Missouri. A member of the Railroad Engineers, he was the sole fatality in a wreck near Vaughan, Mississippi on April 29, 1900. His skill and heroics prevented many more deaths. – 1863 The MacBeth mine exploded in West Virginia, killing 18 … Read more

Today in Labor History – September 3rd

Labor History September 3rd
Imperial Poultry processing plant fire

Imperial Poultry processing plant fire African-American cotton pickers organized and went on strike against miserably low wages and other injustices in Lee County, Texas.  Growers had an arrangement with local law enforcement to round up blacks on vagrancy charges, then force them to work off their fines on select plantations. Over the course of September, … Read more

Today in Labor History -March 11th

Labor History March 11th
John Luther "Casey" Jones

John Luther “Casey” Jones Fabled railroad engineer John Luther “Casey” Jones was born on this date in southeast Missouri. A member of the Railroad Engineers, he was the sole fatality in a wreck near Vaughan, Mississippi on April 29, 1900. His skill and heroics prevented many more deaths. – 1863 The MacBeth mine exploded in … Read more