Today in Labor History – March 12th

Greedy industrialist turned benevolent philanthropist Andrew Carnegie pledged $5.2 million for the construction of 65 branch libraries in New York City, barely 1 percent of his net worth at the time. He established more than 2,500 libraries between 1900 and … Read more

Today in Labor History – March 6th

The Dred Scott decision by the U.S. Supreme Court opened up federal territories to slavery and denied citizenship to blacks. – 1857 This date marked the Founding of the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, a union of mariners, fishermen and … Read more

Today in Labor History – March 5th

British soldiers, quartered in the homes of colonists, took the jobs of working people when jobs were scarce. On this date, grievances of ropemakers against the soldiers led to a fight. Soldiers shot down Crispus Attucks, a black colonist, then … Read more

Today in Labor History – June 27th

Emma Goldman Emma Goldman, women’s rights activist and radical, was born in Lithuania. She came to the US at age 17. – 1869 The Bureau of Labor, which will become the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), was established. Today, the … Read more