Labor History in 2:00
April 30

April 30

April 30, 2015

On this day in Labor History the year was 1894. A group of 400-500 unemployed men marched down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the US Capitol. In a buggy at the front of the march rode Jacob Coxey.  

April 29

April 29

April 29, 2015

When you stand up for Civil Rights and Workers Rights you never know how far the struggle may travel. This was the case on this day in Labor History the year was 1963.  

April 28

April 28

April 28, 2015

On this day in Labor History the year was 1971. That was the day that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was founded. Since then OSHA rules have become a powerful tool for the protection of workers health and safety.  

April 27

April 27

April 27, 2015

You have probably heard about the Red Scare, when thousands of people lost their jobs in the 1950s for allegedly harboring Communist sympathies. But have you ever heard of the “Lavender Scare” that happened during those same years?  

April 26

April 26

April 26, 2015

In 1948 gold was discovered at John Sutter’s Mill in California. As word spread, fortune seekers from all across the United States and across the world flocked to California in what came to be known as the Gold Rush.  

April 25

April 25

April 25, 2015

On this day in Labor History the year was 1969. 

The Governor of South Carolina sent 1,000 state troopers and National Guardsmen to Charleston.

They were sent there to deal with striking hospital workers who wanted union recognition.  

April 24

April 24

April 24, 2015

On this day in Labor History the year was 2013. 

That was the day of the deadliest workplace disaster in garment industry history. 

More than 1,100 workers lost their lives when a factory complex building collapsed in Bangladesh.  

April 23

April 23

April 23, 2015

On this day in Labor History the year was 1980. That was the day that Ida Mae Stull passed away.

She is widely considered to be the first woman coal miner in United States history.  

April 22

April 22

April 22, 2015

On this day in Labor History the year was 2011. 

That was the day the labor movement lost one of its most poignant voices. 

Hazel Dickens was born in Mercer County, West Virginia in 1935.  It was coal country. 

April 21

April 21

April 20, 2015

On this day in Labor History the year was 1894. The nation was in the grip of deep depression. 

Unemployment soared. Workers wages and hours were cut dramatically in virtually every industry.  

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