Today in Labor History, May 28, the year was 1882. That was the day that John Muir, a Scottish American conservationist founded the Sierra Club in San Francisco California. The Sierra Club’s purpose is to "explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth."
Can you imagine if the earth beneath your hometown caught fire and kept on burning for more than half a century? That is what happened in Centralia, Pennsylvania. Today in Labor History, May 27, the year was 1962. Centralia was a mining town with 2,700 residents, built above a rich vein of anthracite coal.
Today in Labor History, May 26, the year was 1824. That day was the first time when women workers in the United States left their jobs and walked out on strike. It happened at the Slater Mill, part of New England’s rapidly growing textile industry.
Today in Labor History, May 25, the year was 1986. That was the day that more than five million people participated in “Hands Across America.” The event was organized to raise money to combat the problems of homelessness and hunger in the United States.
Today in Labor History, May 21, the year was 1946. That was the day that Democratic President Harry Truman ordered government seizure of the nation’s bituminous coal mines. 800,000 United Mine Workers of America, led by John L. Lewis, had gone out on strike.
Today in Labor History, May 20, the year was 1937. That was the day that workers at the Jones and Laughlin plant in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania voted in the first ever union election in the United States’ steel industry under the National Labor Relations Board.