In today's labor history, on this date in 1869, William Sylvis, founder of the National Labor Union, died. The National Labor Union was one of the first American union federations that attempted to unite workers of various crafts into a single national organization.
Today’s labor quote is by William Sylvis, who said:
"I love this Union cause. I hold it more dear than I do my family or my life. I am willing to devote to it all that I am or have or hope for in this world."
Sylvis was just 41 years old at the time of his death.