Labor History in 2:00
April 2 - The First Woman in Congress

April 2 - The First Woman in Congress

April 2, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1917. That was the day that Montana Republican Jeanette Rankin was sworn in as the first ever woman elected to the US Congress. Her mother was a school teacher and her father was a rancher. On her victory, Representative Rankin said, “I may be the first woman member of Congress, but I won’t be the last.” 

April 1 - Extra! Extra! Read All About It

April 1 - Extra! Extra! Read All About It

April 1, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1963.  That was the day that the New York Times ran the headline “New York Happy as Papers Return.” The longest and largest newspaper strike in the city had ended. During the early 1960s changes in typesetting technology were transforming how newspapers were made. 

March 31 - Cowboy Strike

March 31 - Cowboy Strike

March 31, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1883. That was the day that cowboys went on strike.  The cowboys worked in the Texas panhandle.  Increasingly, the ranch land in the region was coming under large corporate ownership.  

March 30 - Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster

March 30 - Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster

March 30, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1930. That was the day that ground was broken on what would become one of the worst workplace disasters in U.S. history. At least 476, and possibly more than 700 men died from a disease called silicosis. The project was called the Hawks Nest Tunnel.  

March 29 - The Union of Wall Street

March 29 - The Union of Wall Street

March 29, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1948. That was the day that the labor movement came literally to the doorstep of Wall Street. The United Financial Employees Union went out on strike. The union was started in 1941 by Merritt David Keefe, a page who worked on the stock exchange trading floor.  

March 28 - Overcoming Division

March 28 - Overcoming Division

March 28, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1977. That was the day that members of AFSCME Local 1644 began their unsuccessful strike in Atlanta, Georgia. The union was made up of 1,300 mostly black sanitation workers. The city of Atlanta had elected its first black mayor, Maynard Jackson, in 1973. 

March 27 - Overriding the NLRB

March 27 - Overriding the NLRB

March 27, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 2002. That was the day that the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case Hoffman Plastic Compound, Inc. versus the National Labor Relations Board. This case had profound importance for undocumented workers in the United States.  

March 26 - It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

March 26 - It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

March 26, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1910. That was the day that Congress expanded the Immigration Act passed three years earlier. 

The new language prohibited “criminals, paupers, anarchists and diseased persons” from entering the nation.

During the first decade of the twentieth century, some nine million immigrants arrived on the shores of the United States.  

March 25 - Tragic, Devastating and Preventable

March 25 - Tragic, Devastating and Preventable

March 25, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1911. It was one the most tragic days in US labor history. 146, mostly Jewish and Italian, women died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York City. The death toll was so high because exits were locked or blocked, and basic safety precautions were not taken in the sweatshop.  

March 24 - The Birth of Dorothy Height

March 24 - The Birth of Dorothy Height

March 24, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1912.  That was the birthday of Dorothy Height, a Civil Rights leader and a champion for black women domestic workers. Domestic workers had largely been left out of the labor protections passed as part of the New Deal.