Labor History in 2:00
February 28 - The Price of Demanding Equal Pay

February 28 - The Price of Demanding Equal Pay

February 28, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1942. That was the day that Sue Cowan Williams filed a lawsuit for equal pay for black school teachers in Little Rock, Arkansas. Eighty-six black teachers worked in the city’s segregated school system. They were all members of the Little Rock Class Room Teachers Association.  

February 27 - A Grave Injustice

February 27 - A Grave Injustice

February 27, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1942. That was the day that 27 Japanese women, working in the Seattle public school system handed in their forced resignations. In the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, anti-Japanese hysteria swept the United States, especially the west coast.  

February 26 - MADISON

February 26 - MADISON

February 26, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 2011. That was the day that labor movement took an historic stand in Madison, Wisconsin. That cold Saturday a crowd of union members and supporters swelled to more than 100,000 people at the state capitol building.  

February 25 - Standing in the Face of Deadly Oppression

February 25 - Standing in the Face of Deadly Oppression

February 25, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1941. That was the day a general strike by workers against the Nazis took place in Amsterdam. The Nazis had begun the occupation of the Netherlands in the spring of 1940. The German occupiers implemented a series of increasingly repressive anti-Semitic laws.  

February 24 - Fighting for the Health of an Industry

February 24 - Fighting for the Health of an Industry

February 24, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1965. That was the day that the Drug and Hospital Employees Union Local 1199 sent a telegram to President Lyndon Johnson. The message declared the union’s stand against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

February 23 - Danger Down Below

February 23 - Danger Down Below

February 23, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1875. That was the day that the National Marine Engineers’ Association was founded at a meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. The association represented steamboat engineers, most from boats navigating the Great Lakes. Being a steamboat engineer was risky business.  

February 22 - Fighting for a Floor

February 22 - Fighting for a Floor

February 22, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1860. That was the day that the shoemakers of Linn, Massachusetts walked out on strike. 

The shoemakers were very concerned over how technology was changing their work. Shoemaking had long been considered a skilled craft.  

February 21 - The Elusive Eight Hour WorkDay

February 21 - The Elusive Eight Hour WorkDay

February 21, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1868. That was the day that the Governor of California signed into law the eight-hour workday.  The law was the result of a strong organizing effort led by California’s trade unions. The call for eight hours had gained traction across the U.S. labor movement after the Civil War.

February 20 - Taking to the Courts to Defend Basic Human Rights

February 20 - Taking to the Courts to Defend Basic Human Rights

February 20, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1937. That was the day the National Lawyers Guild held their first convention at the Hotel Washington in the nation’s capital. The guild was established as way to bring together progressive lawyers dedicated to fighting “for basic and progressive change in our political and economic system and to assure that human rights be regarded as more sacred than property interests.

February 19 - Fighting for Dignity in a Fairytale

February 19 - Fighting for Dignity in a Fairytale

February 19, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1997. If you had theater tickets that evening to see Beauty and the Beast in Seattle, the show did not go on as planned.  Musicians at the Fifth Avenue theater, members of Local 76-493, had been on strike for a week.