Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1892, two barges, loaded with Pinkerton thugs hired by the Carnegie Steel Company, landed on the south bank of the Monongahela River in Homestead, Pennsylvania, seeking to occupy Carnegie Steel Works and put down a strike by members of the Amalgamated Association of Iron & Steel Workers.
In 1894, rail union leader Eugene V. Debs was arrested during the Pullman strike, described by the New York Times as "a struggle between the greatest and most important labor organization and the entire railroad capital" that involved some 250,000 workers in 27 states at its peak.
And in 1926, transit workers in New York began what was to be an unsuccessful 3-week strike against the then-privately owned IRT subway. Most transit workers labored seven days a week, up to 11 and a half hours a day.
Today’s labor quote is by Eugene Debs
"I am not a Labor Leader; I do not want you to follow me or anyone else; if you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of this capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, some one else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition; as it is now the capitalists use your heads and your hands."