Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. “You can't know where you are going if you don't understand where you came from.” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka sits down with Labor History Today’s Joe McCartin to discuss the historic Pittston strike, which began on September 17, 1989, when ninety-eight members of the United Mine Workers of America and a minister occupied the Pittston Coal Company's Moss 3 preparation plant in Carbon, Virginia. Plus Cool Things from the Meany Labor Archives: the AFL-CIO’s attempts to persuade union voters not to support George Wallace during the 1972 presidential campaign.
400 Chinese, Portuguese and local field hands, along with 125 Paiute Indians, struck the Pleasanton Hop Company in one of the largest and earliest, though unsuccessful, interracial strikes in California agriculture. - 1893
More than 43,000 oil workers strike in 20 states, part of the post-war strike wave - 1945
A player lockout by the National Hockey League begins, leading to cancellation of what would have been the league’s 88th season. The lockout, over owner demands that salaries be capped, lasted 310 days - 2004
The Farm Labor Organizing Committee wins a signed contract with the Mount Olive Pickle Co. and growers, ending a five-year boycott. The agreement marked the first time an American labor union represented guest workers - 2004
Richard Trumka is elected president of the AFL-CIO at the federation’s convention in Pittsburgh. He had served as the secretary-treasurer under predecessor John Sweeney from 1995 to 2009, and prior to that was president of the United Mine Workers for 13 years - 2009
Labor history courtesy David Prosten