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September 17 - A Fair Day’s Pay for A Fair Day’s Work

September 17 - A Fair Day’s Pay for A Fair Day’s Work

September 17, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1868. That was the day that Susan B. Anthony, and a committee on female labor called for a vote for equal pay for equal work at the National Labor Congress. It was the second annual meeting of labor leaders from throughout the country. Anthony had begun publication of a newspaper, The Revolution. 

September 16 - The 1920 Bombing of Wall Street

September 16 - The 1920 Bombing of Wall Street

September 16, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1920. At noon, a horse-drawn wagon containing 100 pounds of dynamite pulled up across the street of the J.P. Morgan Chase Company on Wall Street in New York City. 500 pounds of cast-iron slugs were packed in with the dynamite.  

September 15 - Women and Children Fight for the 10-Hour Workday

September 15 - Women and Children Fight for the 10-Hour Workday

September 15, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1845.  5,000 female workers at the Allegheny Cotton Mills went on strike for a ten-hour day. The fast streams around Pittsburgh and Allegheny city were ideal to power cotton mills.  The mills were overheated and filled with dangerous dust.  

September 14 - Congress Attacks, Handcuffs Workers

September 14 - Congress Attacks, Handcuffs Workers

September 14, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1959. The United States Congress passed the Landrum-Griffin Act. President Eisenhower signed the new law, which was also called the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. The new law had lasting consequences for the way unions operated.  

September 13 - Beating Teachers in the Street

September 13 - Beating Teachers in the Street

September 13, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 2013.  Riot police used tear gas and water cannons to clear out Zocalo Square in Mexico City.  The square was occupied by protesting teachers.  The teachers had been on strike for weeks.  They wanted changes made to education reforms that had been passed by the Mexican government.

September 12 - Do Workers Gain from War?

September 12 - Do Workers Gain from War?

September 12, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1918.  Socialist and labor leader Eugene Debs was sentenced to ten years in prison for opposing the  United States’ involvement in World War I. The Espionage and Sedition Act had been passed a year earlier.  

September 11

September 11

September 11, 2019

Today in Labor History, we pause to remember the events that took place on the morning of September 11.  The year was 2001. 

Terrorists hijacked planes and intentionally crashed them into Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.  Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks.  

September 10 - The Lattimer Massacre

September 10 - The Lattimer Massacre

September 10, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1897, striking coal miners marched on a coal mine in Lattimer, Pennsylvania. Earlier that year the miners had gone out on strike. Most of the miners were German or Eastern European immigrants. 

September 9 - The Hanapepe Massacre

September 9 - The Hanapepe Massacre

September 9, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1924.  Sixteen striking Filipino sugar workers on the Hawaiian island of Kauaiwere killed by police.  This incident is known as the Hanapepe Massacre.  Filipinos began immigrating to Hawaii to work on sugar plantations in 1906. 

 

September 8 - The Fight for an Education

September 8 - The Fight for an Education

September 8, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1901. That was the day that Francisco Ferrer opened the Escuela Moderna in Barcelona, Spain.  Ferrer was anarchist and educator.  Explaining what he hoped to accomplish with these new schools.  He said, “There must be a co-education of the different social classes as well as of the two sexes.”