Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1899, 33 railroad clerks gathered in the back room of Behrens’ 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 Big Bill Haywood and two other men were put on trial for the death but were ultimately declared innocent .
And in 1936, the GM sit-down strike spread to Flint, Michigan; it would last 44 days before ending in union victory.
Today’s labor quote is by IWW leader William "Big Bill" Haywood:
”If the workers are organized, all they have to do is to put their hands in their pockets and they have got the capitalist class whipped."