As always, for the latest local labor events, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1712, the first slave revolt in the U.S. occurred at a slave market in New York City’s Wall Street area. Twenty-one Blacks were executed for killing nine Whites. The city responded by strengthening its slave codes.
In 1882, Rose Schneiderman was born. Schneiderman was a prominent member of the New York Women's Trade Union League, and an active participant in the Uprising of the 20,000, the massive strike of shirtwaist workers in New York City led by the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union in 1909.
In 1905, a sympathy strike by Chicago Teamsters in support of clothing workers led to daily clashes between strikebreakers and armed police against hundreds and sometimes thousands of striking workers and their supporters. By the time the fight ended after 103 days, 21 people had been killed and 416 injured. In 2006, a strike by minor league umpires began, ending two months later with a slight improvement in pay.
Today’s labor quote is by Rose Schneiderman, who is famous for an angry speech about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which she said:
“Every week I must learn of the untimely death of one of my sister workers…Too much blood has been spilled. I know from my experience it is up to the working people to save themselves. The only way they can save themselves is by a strong working-class movement”