Today in Labor History May 31, 2020

Labor History May 31st
Rose Will Monroe, Rosie the Riveter

The Johnstown Flood occurred on this date.  More than 2,200 died when a dam holding back a private resort lake burst upstream of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  The resort was owned by wealthy industrialists including Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick.  Neither they nor any other members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club were found … Read more

Today in Labor History May 23, 2020

Labor History May 23rd
Battle of Toledo

The first American nursery school was established in New York City as a way to “relieve parents of the laboring classes” and offer their children “protection from idleness” and other evils that typically infected the rabble. – 1827 An estimated 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, went on strike in the Philadelphia area. … Read more