Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1899, three dozen railroad clerks gathered in the back room of a cigar shop in Sedalia, Missouri to form Local Lodge Number 1 of a union they named the Order of the Railroad Clerks of America.
In 1905, Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg, who had brutally suppressed the state’s miners, was killed by an assassin's bomb. Legendary Western Federation of Miners and IWW leader William "Big Bill" Haywood and two other men were put on trial for the death but were ultimately declared innocent.
In 1936, a GM sit-down strike spread to Flint, Michigan and would last 44 days before ending in union victory on February 11, 1937, when GM signed a contract with the United Auto Workers, recognizing the union as the sole bargaining agent for the workers in all of its plants.
Today’s labor quote is by William Haywood
"Big Bill" Haywood, who said that the mine owners "did not find the gold, they did not mine the gold, they did not mill the gold, but by some weird alchemy all the gold belonged to them!"