Today's Labor History
The Haymarket Massacre/Riot/Affair; Pete Seeger at 100: Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. Timothy Messer-Kruse on "The enduring power of the Haymarket Square bomb: uncovering the hidden history of a failed revolutionary uprising in America." From the Our Daily Worker/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag series at Michigan State University. Plus: celebrating Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday with the R.J. Phillips Band.
The first Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women was held on this date in New York City. Attendees included women of color, the wives and daughters of slaveholders, and women of low economic status - 1837
Japanese workers strike at Oahu, Hawaii’s Aiea Plantation, demanding the same pay as Portuguese and Puerto Rican workers. Ultimately 7,000 workers and their families remained out until August, when the strike was broken - 1909
Legendary Western Federation of Miners leader William “Big Bill” Haywood goes on trial for murder in the bombing death of former Idaho governor Frank Steunenberg, who had brutally suppressed the state’s miners. Haywood ultimately was declared innocent - 1907
Longshoremen’s strike to gain control of hiring leads to general work stoppage, San Francisco Bay area - 1934
Hollywood studio mogul Louis B. Mayer recognizes the Screen Actors Guild. SAG leaders reportedly were bluffing when they told Mayer that 99 percent of all actors would walk out the next morning unless he dealt with the union. Some 5,000 actors attended a victory gathering the following day at Hollywood Legion Stadium; a day later, SAG membership increased 400 percent - 1937
Four thousand garment workers, mostly Hispanic, strike for union recognition at the Farah Manufacturing Co. in El Paso, Texas - 1972
Labor history courtesy Today In Labor History.
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