April 20, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1853. That was the day that Harriet Tubman led her first trip on
the underground railroad, the clandestine network that helped enslaved people
escape slavery and move north to freedom. One of the most remembered ‘conductors’ on the railroad,
Tubman had herself escaped slavery in eastern Maryland.
April 18, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1857. That was the day that Clarence Darrow was born in Kinsman,
Ohio. Darrow was perhaps the original U.S. labor lawyer. Known to be a friend to underdogs, Darrow once supposedly
said, “Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.”
April 17, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1912. That a day of tragedy for workers in the goldfields of
Siberia. Gold miners by the Lena River in Southeast Siberia worked
under brutal conditions. The Lena Gold Mining Joint Stock Company ran the mining
operation. The lucrative gold fields lined the pockets of shareholders,
including Russian aristocracy and British industrialists.
April 16, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 2000. That was the beginning of a two-day rally in Washington D.C
to protest the gathering of world leaders for the World Bank and The
International Monetary Fund or what is known as the A-16 summit. The event was a continuation of the massive protest that
disrupted the World Trade Organization’s meeting the year before in Seattle,
April 15, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1916. That was day that the American Federation of Teachers was
founded at a meeting at the City Club in downtown Chicago. Three Chicago teachers groups helped to organize the
meeting. They were convinced that in order to improve working
conditions for teachers they would need to formally join the labor
April 14, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1930. That was the day that 114 agricultural laborers inCalifornia’s Imperial Valley paid a harsh price for joining together to try andimprove their working conditions. The Great Depression was worsening the already difficultconditions faced by California farm laborers.
April 13, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1903. That was the year the day that twenty-five delegates from
seventeen cities gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss forming a union for
laborers. General laborers, who often performed some of the most
back-breaking work on projects like digging canals or surfacing streets, were
often blocked from joining craft unions as full members.
April 12, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1934. That was the day that workers at the Toledo Auto-Lite factory decided to go out on strike. The company made electric starters for the auto giants in nearby Detroit. The punishing effects of the Great Depression had hit the auto industry hard.
April 11, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1934. That was the day that labor organizer Frank Norman
disappeared from the Lakeland, Florida area and was never heard from
again. It is believed he was kidnapped and murdered by members of
the Ku Klux Klan. Norman was organizing citrus workers in the northern part of
April 10, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 2006. That was the day of massive protests for immigrants’ rights
in cities throughout the United States. Starting in March of 2006, there was a series of coordinated
protests in response to a bill passed by the US House of Representatives. The bill would classify undocumented workers as felons, and
proposed a wall along one-third of the US-Mexico border.