This Week in Labor History

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  • Today in Labor History: November 22
    Posted by chrisrolling on November 22, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    “The Uprising of the 20,000.” Some 20,000 female garment workers are on strike in New York; Judge tells arrested pickets: “You are on strike against God.” The walkout, believed to be the first major successful strike by female workers in American history, ended the following February with union contracts bringing better pay and working conditions […]

  • Today in Labor History: November 21
    Posted by chrisrolling on November 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Six miners striking for better working conditions under the IWW banner are killed and many wounded in the Columbine Massacre at Lafayette, Colo. Out of this struggle Colorado coal miners gained lasting union contracts – 1927 The 1,700-mile Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) is completed, built during World War II on the order of President Roosevelt.  […]

  • Today in Labor History: November 20
    Posted by chrisrolling on November 20, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    First use of term “scab,” by Albany Typographical Society – 1816 Norman Thomas born, American socialist leader – 1884 The time clock is invented by Willard Bundy, a jeweler in Auburn, N.Y. Bundy’s brother Harlow starts mass producing them a year later – 1888 Mine fire in Telluride, Colo., kills 28 miners, prompts union call […]

  • Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
    Posted by chrisrolling on November 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    November 17 The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York is founded “to provide cultural, educational and social services to families of skilled craftsmen.” The Society remains in existence to this day – 1785 Martin Irons dies near Waco, Texas.  Born in Dundee, Scotland, he emigrated to the U.S. at […]

  • Today in Labor History: November 16
    Posted by chrisrolling on November 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    A county judge in Punxsutawney, Pa., grants an injunction requested by the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Co. forbidding strikers from speaking to strikebreakers, posting signs declaring a strike is in progress, or even singing hymns. Union leaders termed the injunction “drastic” – 1927 The National Football League Players Association ends a 57-day strike that shortened the […]

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