Labor History in 2:00

Labor History in 2min
On this day in labor history, the year was 1852. That was the day Socialist leader Daniel De Leon was born in Curaçao to Dutch Jewish parents. As a young man, he traveled Europe. He settled in New York City, and earned a law degree from Columbia University in 1878. De Leon joined the Socia...
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On this day in labor history, the year was 1903. That was the day prominent civil rights activist Ella Baker was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Her parents moved to Littleton, North Carolina when she was young. She often listened to her grandmother’s stories of slave revolts and of the brutality...
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On this day in labor history, the year was 1945. That was the day President Truman appointed a fact-finding panel to investigate the General Motors strike. As many as 320,000 UAW GM workers had been on strike for nearly three weeks. They had suffered deep wage cuts, deteriorating working con...
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On this day in labor history, the year was 1918. That was the day streetcar workers in Kansas City walked off the job. It was the third strike since August 1917. Workers had previously struck for union recognition and joined the city general strike that Spring. By summer, the city was so d...
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On this day in labor history, the year was 1915. That was the day the one millionth Model T rolled off the Ford assembly line in Highland Park, near Detroit. Henry Ford started Model T production seven years earlier. For nearly 20 years, the Tin Lizzie served as the first affordable vehicle,...
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On this day in labor history, the year was 1958. That was the day twelve ultra-conservatives, including industrialists Robert Welch, Fred Koch and Harry Lynde Bradley gathered in Indianapolis to found the John Birch Society. These men saw secret cabals and communist conspiracy everywhere. ...
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On this day in labor history, the year was 1941. That was the day eighteen supporters of the Socialist Workers Party were sentenced in the first Smith Act trial. Earlier that summer, twenty-nine militants had been targeted and arrested for their leadership of events in Minneapolis during the...
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On this day in labor history, the year was 1896. That was the day eleven steam engineers met in Chicago to found the National Union of Steam Engineers, the forerunner of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Ten of the eleven came from the stationary field. They often worked 60-90 ...
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On this day in labor history, the year was 1907. That was the day an explosion rocked Fairmont Coal Company’s number 6 and number 8 coal mines in Monongah, West Virginia, killing 367 miners. Newspaper reports estimated the number of dead to be as high as 500. It is considered the worst mine ...
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On this day in labor history, the year was 2008. That was the day UE local 1110 members at Republic Windows in Chicago began a five–day occupation to protest the imminent closure of their plant. A month earlier, Republic workers witnessed management moving machinery out of the factory. The...
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