Labor Hisory

Labor Quote of the Day: Rose Schneiderman
“A good many girls in this fight have come to know each other’s names and to know a sisterly feeling for the first time in their lives.”

Schneiderman (left) was an organizer for the Women’s Trade Union League, after the 1909 Triangle Shirtwaist strike

February 07
Union miners in Cripple Creek, Colo., begin what is to become a five-month strike that started when mine owners cut wages to $2.50 a day, from $3.  The state militia was called out in support of the strikers—the only time in U.S. history that a militia was directed to side with the workers.  The strike ended in victory for the union – 1894

It took 1,231 firefighters 30 hours to put down The Great Baltimore Fire, which started on this day and destroyed 1,500 buildings over an area of some 140 acres – 1904

Hockey players formed the NHL Players Association in New York City after owners refuse to release pension plan financial information.  The union was busted when owners transferred key activists, but it successfully re-formed ten years later – 1957

Thirteen workers are killed, 42 injured in a dust explosion at an Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Georgia.  Investigators found that the company had been aware of dangers for years but had not acted on them – 2008

February 08
Vigilantes beat IWW organizers for exercising free-speech rights, San Diego – 1912

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