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

Today in Labor History – April 13th

Jimmy Hoffa The Great Northern rail strike began in Helena, Montana, spreading to St. Paul within a few days. The strike was led by Eugene V. Debs, president of the American Railway Union, and succeeded in shutting down critical rail links, … Read more

Today in Labor History – April 11th

Police confront strikers during 1985 Hormel strike Frank Norman, who had the gall to organize all citrus workers regardless of their race, was kidnapped from his home in Florida and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. – 1934 Richard Whitney, … Read more