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June 20 The 1943 Race Riot

June 20 The 1943 Race Riot

June 20, 2016

On this day in Labor History the year was 1943. That was the day that would go down in the history books as the 1943 Detroit Race Riot. The violence started on Belle Isle, a large island park in the Detroit River. Both white and black Detroiters were visiting the park on that hot sunny summer Sunday afternoon.  

June 19 Freedom

June 19 Freedom

June 19, 2016

On this day in Labor History the year was 1865.  That was the day that 2,000 Union soldiers marched into Galveston, Texas.  They carried with them the news that those enslaved were now free.  The Confederate General, Robert E. Lee had actually surrendered more than two months earlier.  

June 18 Women Teachers Leading by Example

June 18 Women Teachers Leading by Example

June 18, 2016

On this day in Labor History the year was 1918. That was the day that the Saint Paul Federation of Women Teachers Local 28 received their charter from the American Federation of Teachers. The next February, the Minnesota Women’s Union was joined by the Saint Paul Federation of Men Teachers Local 42.  

June 17 A Horrible Tragedy on the Job

June 17 A Horrible Tragedy on the Job

June 17, 2016

On this day in Labor History the year was 1972. That was the day that nine fire fighters gave their lives is Boston, Massachusetts. The tragedy occurred at the historic Hotel Vendome. Built 100 years earlier, the hotel stood in Boston’s Back Bay, one of the most historic neighborhoods in the city.  

June 16 London Working Men’s Association Founded

June 16 London Working Men’s Association Founded

June 16, 2016

On this day in Labor History the year was 1836. That was the day that the London Working Men’s Association was founded.  Skilled craftsman started the organization. William Lovett a Cabinet Maker and a publisher by the name of Henry Hetherington were two of the original founders.  

June 15 Metal Trades Department Established

June 15 Metal Trades Department Established

June 15, 2016

On this day in Labor History the year was 1908. That was the day that the Executive Board of the American Federation of Labor established its Metal Trades Department.  The goal was to coordinate the organizing and legislative efforts of those in the many metal trades. 

June 14 Murdered Miner

June 14 Murdered Miner

June 14, 2016

On this day in Labor History the year was 1921. During that summer the battle waged over the efforts to unionize the southwestern West Virginia coal mines. The miners had been evicted from their company homes, and had established tent colonies. One was located at Lick Creek.  

June 13 Trouble in the Ranks

June 13 Trouble in the Ranks

June 13, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1914.  That was the day that the Miner’s Union Day parade was scheduled in Butte, Montana.  
In spite of the festivities trouble was brewing down in the copper mines. 
June 12 Hog Butcher for the World

June 12 Hog Butcher for the World

June 12, 2016

On this day in Labor History the year was 1904.  That was the day that 18,000 workers in the Chicago’s stockyards went out on strike.  Work in the stockyards was often brutal and dangerous. Thousands of workers toiled in the yards, many of them immigrants from Eastern Europe.  

June 11 The Death of an Icon

June 11 The Death of an Icon

June 11, 2016

On this day in Labor History the year was 1969. That was the day that labor leader John L. Lewis died. Born to a Welsh-American Coal mining family in Iowa, Lewis became the leading champion of industrial unionism in the 1930s.  

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