Today in Labor History May 18th

In what may have been baseball’s first labor strike, the Detroit Tigers refuse to play after team leader Ty Cobb was suspended after he went into the stands and beat a fan who had been heckling him. Cobb was reinstated … Read more

Today in Labor History May 15th

Pope Leo XIII issued the revolutionary encyclical Rerum novarum in defense of workers and the right to organize. Forty years later to the day, Pope Pius XI issued Quadragesimo anno, believed by many to be even more radical than Leo XIII’s. – 1891 … Read more

Today in Labor History May 9th

A coal mine exploded at Roslyn, Washington killing 45 mine workers. – 1892 Striking tram workers blew up a tramcar during riots in St. Louis. – 1900 Japanese workers struck at Oahu, Hawaii’s Aiea Plantation, demanding the same pay as … Read more

Today in Labor History – March 23rd

101 Wobblies (members of the Industrial Workers of the World, IWW) went on trial in Chicago for opposing World War I. They were tried for violating the Espionage Act. In September 1917, 165 IWW leaders were arrested for conspiring to subvert the draft and encourage desertion. … Read more