Labor History in 2:00
April 21 - National Coal Strike of 1894

April 21 - National Coal Strike of 1894

April 21, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1894. The nation was in the grip of deep depression. 

Unemployment soared. Workers wages and hours were cut dramatically in virtually every industry.  

April 20 - The Ludlow Massacre

April 20 - The Ludlow Massacre

April 20, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1914 the bloody anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre. 

11,000 miners had gone on strike against the Colorado Fuel and Iron Corporation, owned by one of the wealthiest men in the world, John D. Rockefeller.  

April 19 - Terrorists Bomb Oklahoma City

April 19 - Terrorists Bomb Oklahoma City

April 19, 2019

This marks the day one of the most horrendous acts of domestic terrorism in U.S. History occurred in Oklahoma City. 

A truck bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building killing 168 people. 

April 18 - Employment Discrimination Ends at NYC Bus Companies

April 18 - Employment Discrimination Ends at NYC Bus Companies

April 18, 2019

You have more than likely heard of Rosa Parks, and how she heroically sat down on a bus to help end segregation in Montgomery, Alabama.  But did you know discrimination often barred black bus drivers, even in northern cities? 

April 17 - The Spirit of Solidarity

April 17 - The Spirit of Solidarity

April 17, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1911. This marks the day that more than 4,000 furniture makers walked off the job in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  

April 16 - 581 Killed in Texas City Disaster

April 16 - 581 Killed in Texas City Disaster

April 16, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1947. 

The day dawned unseasonably cool in Texas City, TX, a port city forty miles south of Houston on the Gulf of Mexico.  

April 15 - Jackie Robinson Breaks Major Leagues Color Barrier

April 15 - Jackie Robinson Breaks Major Leagues Color Barrier

April 15, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1947. 

It was opening day of a truly new baseball season. 

April 14 - The Grapes of Wrath

April 14 - The Grapes of Wrath

April 14, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1939.  This was the day readers were first introduced to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.  

April 13 - Debs Goes to Prison

April 13 - Debs Goes to Prison

April 13, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1919.  Labor leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs was sent to prison for speaking out against World War I.

April 12 - Florence Reece is Born

April 12 - Florence Reece is Born

April 12, 2019

There are some songs that stand at the core of the labor movement. Year after year these songs ring out on picket lines, at labor rallies, and in union halls around the world. These Songs inspire and build solidarity between workers.