Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1842, the first anthracite coal strike in the United States took place.
In 1862, labor organizer Ella Reeve "Mother" Bloor was born on Staten Island, New York. Among her activities: investigating child labor in glass factories and mines, and working undercover in meat packing plants to verify for federal investigators the nightmarish working conditions that author Upton Sinclair had revealed in his novel "The Jungle."
And in 1905, the founding convention of the Industrial Workers of the World -- also known as the I.W.W., or Wobblies -- concluded in Chicago. Charles O. Sherman, a former American Federation of Labor organizer, was elected president.
Today’s labor quote is by IWW organizer Joseph Ettor
"If the workers of the world want to win, all they have to do is recognize their own solidarity. They have nothing to do but fold their arms and the world will stop. The workers are more powerful with their hands in their pockets than all the property of the capitalists."