Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1869, Emma Goldman, women's rights activist and radical, was born in Lithuania. She came to the United States at age 17.
In 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the "Wobblies," were founded at a convention in Chicago.
In 1935, Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act, creating the structure for collective bargaining in the United States.
On this date in 1985, a 26-day strike of New York City hotels by 26,000 workers – the first such walkout in 50 years – ended with a five-year contract calling for big wage and benefit gains.
And in 1993, A.E. Staley locked out 763 workers in Decatur, Illinois. The lockout by the corn processor was to last two and a half years and went national when union workers from two other Decatur based companies, Caterpillar and Firestone Tire and Rubber, walked out on contract disputes in August 1994 and joined the locked-out Staley workers in protests, picketing and demonstrations. The Staley plants were operated during the lockout by white collar workers and the union ended up giving in to company demands.
Today’s labor quote is the motto of the Wobblies
"An injury to one is an injury to all."