Labor History in 2:00
June 19 - The Women’s Day Massacre

June 19 - The Women’s Day Massacre

June 19, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1937. That was the day that would go down in labor history as the “Woman’s Day Massacre.” 

The Steel Workers Organizing Committee were attempting to bring union recognition to the Steel Industry.  

June 18 - Presidential Executive Order 8802

June 18 - Presidential Executive Order 8802

June 17, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1942. That was the day that an historic meeting took place at the White House. 

Black labor leader A. Philip Randolph, along with the head of the NAACP sat down to talk with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  

June 17 - March of the Mill Children

June 17 - March of the Mill Children

June 17, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1903. Mary Harris  better known as “Mother” Jones held a rally in Philadelphia. 

The famous Irish-American labor leader had come to Pennsylvania to support a strike of textile workers. As many as one-hundred thousand workers were out on strike.  

June 16 - Bankrupt

June 16 - Bankrupt

June 16, 2019

On this day in Labor History Pinkerton Detectives arrived at job sites across the US to escort workers off the premises. No--this was not at a railroad or coal mine in labor’s distant past.  It was at the offices of what was once the largest computer seller in the United States. And the year was 2000.  

June 15 - Justice for Janitors

June 15 - Justice for Janitors

June 15, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1990. About 400 janitors were protesting at Century City, a large office complex in Los Angeles. 

It was part of SEIU’s Justice for Janitors campaign in LA.  The janitors had gone out on strike against International Service Systems. 

June 14 - The Fight for Free Speech

June 14 - The Fight for Free Speech

June 14, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1924. Three-hundred members of the International Workers of the World, or Wobblies, gathered at their union hall in San Pedro California.  They were holding a benefit for two of their members who had been killed in a railway accident. For the past year, the KKK had targeted the San Pedro IWW members.  

June 13 - Gay? You’re Fired!

June 13 - Gay? You’re Fired!

June 13, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1991. That was the day that a San Francisco man, Jeffrey Collins, received $5.3 million for wrongful termination from Shell Oil. The judge ruled the company had fired Jeffrey because they found out he was gay.  

June 12 - Team Owners Attack Free Agency

June 12 - Team Owners Attack Free Agency

June 12, 2019

In 1981 the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped the first two games of the World Series to their rivals, the New York Yankees. The Dodgers would come roaring back, sweeping the next four games. And so closed the curtain on one of the strangest seasons in baseball history.  

June 11 - The Banana Massacre

June 11 - The Banana Massacre

June 11, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1913. Police in New Orleans shot at maritime workers striking against the United Fruit Company. 

Two workers were wounded.  A third laid dead in the street. At the time of the strike the port in New Orleans was one of the busiest U.S. ports for importing bananas.   

June 10 - Equal Pay Act

June 10 - Equal Pay Act

June 10, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1963. That was the day President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act. 

The goal of the act was to end wage discrimination against women.