February 29, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1940. That was the day that Screen Actors Guild union member
Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar. She won Best Supporting Actress for the role of Mammy in the
classic movie Gone With the Wind.
February 28, 2016
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
February 27, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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
February 21, 2016
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, 2016
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.