Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. On this week’s show: Wednesday, February 6 is the centennial of the 1919 Seattle General Strike and on today’s show you’ll hear labor historians Dana Frank and David Jepsen discuss that strike; how it challenged capitalism, how the AFL-CIO and Wobblies worked together, what solidarity looked like then and the implications of this century-old strike for workers and the movement today. Plus, Tom Zaniello on Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” and Kurt Stand on Joe McCarthy’s red-baiting attacks on federal workers and unions. Chris Garlock & Ed Smith co-host.
Ironworkers from six cities meet in Pittsburgh to form the Int’l Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers of America. Their pay in Pittsburgh at the time: $2.75 for a 9-hour day - 1896
Philadelphia shirtwaist makers vote to accept arbitration offer and end walkout as Triangle Shirtwaist strike winds down. One year later 146 workers, mostly young girls aged 13 to 23, were to die in a devastating fire at Triangle’s New York City sweatshop - 1910
Seattle General Strike begins. The city was run by a General Strike Committee for six days as tens of thousands of union members stopped work in support of 32,000 striking longshoremen - 1919
Labor history courtesy Union Communication Services