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5/19/2018 History

5/19/2018 History

Today in Labor History – May 19th, 1920 –    Ten people were killed when coal company officials in Matewan, West Virginia, tried to remove striking union workers from coal company housing. They sent in...

5/17/2018 History

5/17/2018 History

  Tom Mooney‘s scheduled date of execution was stayed while the case was appealed. Mooney ultimately spent 22 years in prison for the San Francisco Preparedness Day Parade bombing in 1916, a crime he...

05/16/2018 History

05/16/2018 History

  Baristas at the Starbucks in East Grand Rapids announced their membership in the IWW Starbucks Workers Union. Starbucks, notorious for poor treatment of workers, followed with numerous anti-labor violations and was forced by...

5/15/2018 History

5/15/2018 History

Today in Labor History – May 15th 1906 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Samuel Gompers and other union leaders for supporting a boycott at the Buck Stove and Range Company...

3/06/2018 History

3/06/2018 History

Today in Labor History – March 6th , 1886 – The Knights of Labor picket to protest the practices of the Southwestern Railroad system, and the company’s chief, high-flying Wall Street financier Jay Gould....

2/27/2018 History

2/27/2018 History

Today in Labor History – February 27, 1902 – Birth of John Steinbeck in Salinas, Calif. Steinbeck is best known for writing “The Grapes of Wrath,” which exposed the mistreatment of migrant farm workers during...

2/26/2018 History

2/26/2018 History

Today in Labor History – February 26th, 1972 – A Pittston Coal Company’s coal slurry impoundment dam collapses in Logan County, West Virginia, and 138 million gallons of black waste water and sludge pours into...

2/21/2018 History

2/21/2018 History

  Today in Labor History – February 21st , 1887 – Oregon passes the first legislation  in the country to officially recognize the “workingman’s holiday” – Labor Day. By 1894, 30 other states had adopted the...

2/20/2018 History

2/20/2018 History

Today in Labor History – February 20, 1834 – Responding to a 15 percent wage cut, women textile workers in Lowell, Mass., organize a “turn-out”—a strike—in protest. The action failed. Two years later they formed...

02/19/2018 History

02/19/2018 History

Today in Labor History – February 19th,1910 – The Philadelphia Rapid Transit trolley company fires 173 workers – all members of the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employees of America – and...

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