February 28, 2015
Union solidarity does not know national
This was abundantly clear today in labor
history, the year was 1986.
450 workers in South Africa walked off the
job to support laid off workers in New Jersey.
February 27, 2015
On this day in labor history the year was 1939 and the US Supreme Court ruled that
sit-down strikes were illegal.
If you are a regular listener of Labor
History in 2:00, last month you might have heard how sit-down strikes had
become an important tactic for workers during the 1930s.
February 26, 2015
On this day in labor history the year was 1972, marking the day of the Buffalo Creek Flood
in West Virginia.
The Pittson Coal Company’s coal waste
impoundment dam failed during heavy rain causing more than 130 million gallons
of water and coal waste to flood the valley below.
February 25, 2015
On this day in labor history the year was 1987, marks the death of Edgar Daniel Nixon.
Nixon’s leadership in the struggle for
black labor and civil rights spanned decades.
February 24, 2015
On this day in labor history the year was 1919, the U.S. Congress passed the Child Labor
At the turn of the twentieth century child
labor had increasingly become an issue of concern in the United States.
February 23, 2015
On this day in labor history the year was 1940, in a hotel in New York City, Woody Guthrie
penned the original lyrics of his song “This Land is Your Land.”
February 22, 2015
On this day in labor history the year was 1968 and striking sanitation workers staged a
sit in at the City Council meeting in Memphis, Tennessee.
The striking workers were members of AFSCME
Local 1733. They had been on strike for ten days.
February 21, 2015
Across the United States, workers enjoy the
first Monday of September as their holiday.
Labor Day has become known as a day for family
picnics and community parades—but do you know how Labor Day really started?
February 20, 2015
On this day in labor history the year was 1917, more than 400 Jewish mothers, many
carrying their children, marched on City Hall in New York City.
Their cry, which rang out in both Yiddish
and English, was “We want food for our children.” On the eve of the U.S. entry into World War
I, inflation had sent the cost of food skyrocketing.
February 19, 2015
If you are a member of union, you probably
know that one of your most important protections as a worker is your
“Weingarten Rights.” But do you know the story behind why union workers have
It all started on this day in labor history
the year was 1975.