Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1899, 33 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.
And in 1936, a GM sit-down strike spread to Flint, Michigan. The strike lasted 44 days before ending in union victory.
Today’s labor quote is by William "Big Bill" Haywood:
"We are here to confederate the workers of this country into a working class movement.
The aims and objects of this organization shall be to put the working class in possession of economic power, the means of life, in control of the machinery of production and distribution without regard to capitalist masters."