Labor History in 2:00
May 28 - Sierra Club Is Founded

May 28 - Sierra Club Is Founded

May 28, 2020

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."  

May 27 - Centralia Burns

May 27 - Centralia Burns

May 27, 2020

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.

May 26 - Woman Worker Power

May 26 - Woman Worker Power

May 26, 2020

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. 

May 25 - Hands Across America

May 25 - Hands Across America

May 25, 2020

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. 

May 24 - Victor Reuther is Shot!

May 24 - Victor Reuther is Shot!

May 24, 2020

Today in Labor History, May 24, the year was 1949.  That was the day a shot gun blast broke through a closed window and struck Victor Reuther, as he sat reading a newspaper in his living room. 

May 23 - The Bush Tax Cuts

May 23 - The Bush Tax Cuts

May 23, 2020

Today in Labor History, May 23, the year was 2003.  That was the day that the US Senate approved more than 300 billion dollars in tax cuts over the next decade.  The cuts barely passed.  Vice President Dick Cheney cast the deciding vote, 51-50.  

May 22 - Chicago’s First Teachers’ Strike

May 22 - Chicago’s First Teachers’ Strike

May 22, 2020

Today in Labor History, May 22, the year was 1969.  That was the day that began the first strike of the Chicago Teacher’s Union.  The strike lasted three days.  It won teachers a $100 per month pay raise.  

May 21 - Truman Seizes the Coal Mines

May 21 - Truman Seizes the Coal Mines

May 21, 2020

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.  

May 20 - Steel’s First Union Vote

May 20 - Steel’s First Union Vote

May 20, 2020

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.  

May 19 - The Death of C.L.R. James

May 19 - The Death of C.L.R. James

May 19, 2020

Today in Labor History, May 19, the year was 1989.  That was the day that black author and Marxist theorist CLR James passed away.  James was born in Trinidad, at the time a Caribbean colony that was part of the British empire.