In 1887, thirty-seven Black striking Louisiana sugar workers were murdered when Louisiana militia, aided by bands of "prominent citizens," shot unarmed workers trying to get a dollar-per-day wage. Two strike leaders were lynched.
In 1918, the Malbone tunnel disaster took place in New York City when an inexperienced scab motorman crashed a five-car train during a strike; 97 killed, 255 injured.
And in 1979, the UAW began what was to become a successful 172-day strike against International Harvester. The union turned back company demands for weakened work rules and mandatory overtime.
- compiled/edited by David Prosten at Union Communication Services