Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1826, Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California
In 1849, Terence V. Powderly, leader of the Knights of Labor, was born.
On this date in 1890, the United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio, with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National Progressive Miners Union.
And in 1932, five hundred New York City tenants battled police to prevent evictions
Today’s labor quote is by Terence V. Powderly:
“The necessity for organization among producers becomes clearly discernible when one takes note of the tendencies toward centralization of power in the hands of those who control the wealth of the country.”
This quote is from Powderly’s autobiography, published 125 years ago in 1889.