On this day in labor history the year was 1939 and the US Supreme Court ruled that sit-down strikes were illegal.
If you are a regular listener of Labor History in 2:00, last month you might have heard how sit-down strikes had become an important tactic for workers during the 1930s.
On this day in labor history the year was 1972, marking the day of the Buffalo Creek Flood in West Virginia.
The Pittson Coal Company’s coal waste impoundment dam failed during heavy rain causing more than 130 million gallons of water and coal waste to flood the valley below.
On this day in labor history the year was 1968 and striking sanitation workers staged a sit in at the City Council meeting in Memphis, Tennessee.
The striking workers were members of AFSCME Local 1733. They had been on strike for ten days.
On this day in labor history the year was 1917, more than 400 Jewish mothers, many carrying their children, marched on City Hall in New York City.
Their cry, which rang out in both Yiddish and English, was “We want food for our children.” On the eve of the U.S. entry into World War I, inflation had sent the cost of food skyrocketing.
If you are a member of union, you probably know that one of your most important protections as a worker is your “Weingarten Rights.” But do you know the story behind why union workers have those rights?
It all started on this day in labor history the year was 1975.