January 31, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1865. That was the day that the US Congress passed the 13th
Amendment to the constitution, abolishing slavery. President Lincoln had already issued the Emancipation
Proclamation. But there was worry that the proclamation, an emergency
wartime measure, would not stand up in the courts after the war had ended.
January 30, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1992. That was the day that the gravediggers of Chicago ended
their forty-three day strike. The United Press International’s headline declared, “The
dead will rest in peace now that Chicago-area gravediggers have reached a
tentative contract.” The gravediggers were part of Service Employees
International Union Local 106.
January 29, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1834. That was the first time in United States history that a
President called in federal troops to settle a labor dispute and It would
certainly not be the last. President Andrew Jackson ordered federal troops to quiet the
workers on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
January 28, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1932. That was the day the first unemployment insurance law in was
established in the United States.
It happened in Wisconsin. Governor Phillip LaFollette signed the Unemployment
January 27, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1950. The cost of a first-class stamp was three cents.
And starting on this day, one of the options for first class
postage bore the image of US labor leader Samuel Gompers.
The British-born Gompers was a founder and long-time head of
the American Federation of Labor.
January 26, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1907. That was the day that President Theodore Roosevelt signed
into law an effort to get corporate money out of national politics. The law was called the Tillman Act. The act was named after its sponsor, Senator Benjamin
Tillman of South Carolina.
January 25, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1787. That was the day known as Shays’ Rebellion.
The United States was a new nation, and the Constitution had
not yet been written.
The revolutionary army had won the war with Britain, but the
young nation was mired in debt.
January 24, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1984. That was the day that Nestle agreed to terms in order to end
a seven year international boycott against the company. The boycott was over the unsafe and dangerous ways that
Nestle marketed and sold its baby formula in third world countries.
January 23, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1936. That was the day when twenty laborers who were part of the
Civilian Conservation Corps got involved in a type of “labor” they probably
never expected. The Civilian Conservation Corps was a program established by
President Franklin Roosevelt to get young men back to work during the Great
January 22, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1849. That was the birthday of U.S. labor leader Terence Powderly.
Powderly was born the second youngest of twelve children to
Irish immigrants in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.