Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. On this week’s show, a conversation with Roger Toussaint, former president of the Transport Workers Union, who led the successful 2005 strike by 35,000 transit workers in New York City. And in this week’s installment of “Cool things from the George Meany Labor Archives at the University of Maryland College Park,” archivist Ben Blake shares some rare artifacts connected to the IWW (see item below).
Conference of more than 200 industrial unionists in Chicago leads to formation of IWW, the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as Wobblies - 1905
In what became known as Palmer Raids, Attorney General Mitchell Palmer arrests 4,000 foreign-born labor activists. He believed Communism was “eating its way into the homes of the American workman,” and Socialists were causing most of the country’s social problems - 1920
An underground explosion at Sago Mine in Tallmansville, W. Va., traps 12 miners and cuts power to the mine. Eleven men die, mostly by asphyxiation. The mine had been cited 273 times for safety violations over the prior 23 months - 2006
photo by Chris Garlock