Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1889, two strikers and a bystander were killed and 30 seriously wounded by police in Duluth, Minnesota. The workers, mostly immigrants building the city’s streets and sewers, struck after contractors went back on a promise to pay $1.75 a day.
In 1892, two barges, loaded with Pinkerton thugs hired by the Carnegie Steel Company, landed on the south bank of the Monongahela River in Homestead, Pennsylvania, seeking to occupy Carnegie Steel Works and put down a strike by members of the Amalgamated Association of Iron & Steel Workers.
Rail union leader Eugene Debs was arrested during the Pullman strike on this date in 1894, described by the New York Times as "a struggle between the greatest and most important labor organization and the entire railroad capital" that involved some 250,000 workers in 27 states at its peak.
In 1926, transit workers in New York began what was to be an unsuccessful 3-week strike against the then-privately owned IRT subway. Most transit workers labored seven days a week, up to 11.5 hours a day.
Today’s labor quote is by Eugene Debs:
“The truth has always been dangerous to the rule of the rogue, the exploiter, the robber. So the truth must be suppressed.”