Steam boiler operators from 11 cities across the country meet in Chicago to form the National Union of Steam Engineers of America, the forerunner to the Int’l Union of Operating Engineers. Each of the men represented a local union of 40 members or fewer - 1896
More than 1,600 protesters staged a national hunger march on Washington, D.C., to present demands for unemployment insurance - 1931
United Hatters, Cap & Millinery Workers Int’l Union merges into Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union - 1982
Delegates to the founding convention of the National Nurses United (NNU) in Phoenix, Ariz., unanimously endorse the creation of the largest union and professional organization of registered nurses in U.S. history. The 150,000-member union is the product of a merger of three groups - 2009
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Dates were wrong for two recent "Today in Labor History" posts:
Cesar Chavez was jailed for 20 days beginning December 10, 1970 (not December 4) for refusing to end the United Farm Workers' lettuce (not grapes) boycott. More details here.
The 110-day national coal strike by the United Mine Workers was in 1977-1978 (not 1997).
Thanks to sharp-eyed Union City reader Steve Shapiro for catching both errors. “I was out on (the coal strike),” Shapiro writes. Check out his 1978 New York Times article Why Coal Miners in W. Va. Go Out on Wildcat Strikes.