Today in Labor History July 5th

Labor History July 5th

Thousands of United States Marshals and some 12,000 United States Army troops, commanded by Brigadier General Nelson Miles, interfered with a peaceful labor strike led by Eugene Debs against the Pullman Palace Car Company, which had drastically cut wages. President Cleveland wanted the trains moving again and based the action on his constitutional responsibility for … Read more

Today in Labor History July 2nd

Labor History July 2nd

Attorney General Olney obtained an injunction in federal court barring Pulman union leaders from supporting a strike and demanding the strikers cease their activities or face being fired. Eugene Debs and other leaders of the American Railway Union ignored the injunction, and federal troops were called up to enforce it. – 1894 The NYC Teachers … Read more

Today in Labor History June 28th

Labor History June 28th

This date marked the birthday of machinist Matthew Maguire, who many believe first suggested Labor Day. Others believe it was Peter McGuire, a carpenter. – 1850 President Grover Cleveland signed legislation declaring Labor Day an official US holiday. – 1894 The federal government sued the Teamsters to force reforms on the union, the nation’s largest. … Read more