Today in Labor History – July 17th

Today marked the beginning of Seattle’s Potlatch Riots in which soldiers and sailors brawled with members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) during Seattle’s Potlatch Festival. Alden Blethen, publisher of the “Seattle Times,” who hated free speech and feared “radical elements,” had … Read more

Today in Labor History – July 16th

San Francisco General Strike Carlo Tresca and other Industrial Workers of the World ( IWW) strike leaders were arrested on charges of inciting the murder of a deputy. This was during a strike of 30,000 iron-ore mine workers of the Mesabi range in … Read more

Today in Labor History – July 14th

Woody Guthrie The Great Railroad Strike of 1877, sometimes referred to as “The Great Upheaval” began today in Martinsburg, West Virginia, after the B&O Railroad cut wages were the third time in a year. Riots spread through 17 states. An … Read more

Today in Labor History – July 13th

Detroit Newspaper workers on strike Martial law was declared in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, with National Guards and federal troops coming to “restore order” after the dynamiting at the Frisco mine on July 11. – 1892 600 Pressed Steel Car employees … Read more

Today in Labor History – July 11th

Striking coal miners in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, used dynamite to destroy barracks housing Pinkerton management thugs. – 1892 A nine-year strike, the longest in the history of the United Auto Workers, began at the Division of Park-Ohio Industries Inc. in … Read more

Today in Labor History – July 10th

Mary Jane McLeod Bethune Mary Jane McLeod Bethune was born. Bethune was an American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian, and civil right activist best known for starting a private school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. She attracted donations of … Read more

Today in Labor History – July 9th

The Charleston Five Federal troops raided the IWW hall in Yakima, Washington. – 1917 The worst rail accident in U.S history occurred when two passenger trains operated by the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway (“NC&StL”) collided head-on at Dutchman’s curve in … Read more

Today in Labor History – July 8th

Ella Reeve “Mother” Bloor First anthracite coal strike in U.S. – 1842 Labor organizer Ella Reeve “Mother” Bloor born on Staten Island, NY. Among her activities: investigating child labor in glass factories and mines, and working undercover in meat packing … Read more

Today in Labor History – July 7th

Mother Jones Striking New York longshoremen met to discuss ways to keep new immigrants from scabbing. They were successful, at least for a time. On July 14, 500 newly arrived Jews marched straight from their ship to the union hall. … Read more