Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1842, the first anthracite coal strike in U.S. took place.
Labor organizer Ella Reeve "Mother" Bloor was born on Staten Island, New York in 1862. 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 "The Jungle."
In 1867, the Pacific Mail Steamship Company fired all employees who had been working an eight hour day, then joined with other owners to form the "Ten-Hour League Society" for the purpose of uniting all mechanics "willing to work at the old rates, neither unjust to the laborers nor ruinous to the capital and enterprise of the city and state." The effort failed.
And on this date 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 Ella Reeve "Mother" Bloor:
“Only with the tools of production in their own hands could the workers ever hope to control their own lives and receive the fruits of their labor.”