Today in Labor History – April 23rd

Ida Mae Stull Ida Mae Stull died on this date. She was nationally recognized as the country’s first female coal miner. – 1980 United Farm Workers of America founder Cesar Chavez died in San Luis, Arizona, at the age of 66. – … Read more

Today in Labor History – April 22nd

Hazel Dickens The first known slave revolt in America occurred, just eight years after the first slaves were brought from Africa to the Americas. – 1526 One of the worst disasters in Virginia mining history occurred at the Red Jacket … Read more

Today in Labor History – April 21st

Goodyear Strike Bituminous coal miners across the country went on strike over wage cuts. The nationwide strike was met with violence from scabs, company security, sheriff’s deputies, and the National Guard. It ended in eight weeks and severely weakened the … Read more

Today in Labor History – April 20th

Ludlow, Colorado 10,000 demonstrators celebrated textile workers’ win of a 10-percent pay hike and grievance committees after a one-month strike in Lowell, Massachusetts. – 1912 The Ludlow Massacre occurred in Colorado. National Guards opened fire on a mining camp during … Read more

Today in Labor History – April 19th

Oklahoma City bombing More than 6,000 furniture workers went on strike in Grand Rapids, Michigan, over hours, wages, working conditions, and the right to bargain collectively. The strike – which affected nearly all of the 60+ furniture manufacturers in the … Read more

Today in Labor History – April 18th

Clarence Darrow Clarence Darrow was born. Darrow was the lawyer who defended Eugene V. Debs and the Wobblies, as well as John Scopes, the teacher who was prosecuted for teaching evolution in the famous “Scopes Monkey Trial”. – 1857 Canada’s Prime Minister Sir … Read more

Today in Labor History – April 17th

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a New York maximum hours law for bakery workers was unconstitutional under the Due Process clause of the 14th Amendment. Legislation limiting hours of employment was not passed until the Fair Labor Standards Act … Read more

Today in Labor History – April 16th

Texas City explosion Jacob Coxey was born on this date in Massillon, Ohio. Coxey, a populist businessman, proposed ending the 1893 depression by issuing Treasury notes to pay for a work-relief program. When Congress refused to pass his bill, Coxey … Read more

Today in Labor History – April 15th

This date marks the birth of A. Philip Randolph, organizer and president of the African-American Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.  According to Randolph, “The labor movement traditionally has been the haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden, and … Read more

Today in Labor History – April 14th

John Steinbeck More than 100 Mexican and Filipino farm workers were arrested for union activities in Imperial Valley, California. Eight were convicted of “criminal syndicalism”. – 1930 John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath is published. It was the story … Read more