Labor History in 2:00
February 18 - The Royal Indian Navy Revolt

February 18 - The Royal Indian Navy Revolt

February 18, 2019

On this day in labor history, the year was 1946 is what is known as the Royal Indian Navy Revolt. 

The HMS Talwaar was in Bombay Harbor. Indian workers on ship went on strike.

They refused orders from the British naval officers. 

February 17 - Yale Grad students strike

February 17 - Yale Grad students strike

February 17, 2019

 A current question is which workers are entitled to union representation?  Who really gets counted as a worker? Who decides wages, hours, and conditions?

These were the questions that divided the campus of Yale University

On this day in labor history, the year was 1992.  

February 16 — Diamond Mine Disaster

February 16 — Diamond Mine Disaster

February 16, 2019

On this day in labor history, the year was 1883 marking the deadliest day in Illinois mining history at the time.  74 men and boys lost their lives digging for coal in the Diamond Mine Disaster in Braidwood Illinois.  

February 15 - US Labor Against the War

February 15 - US Labor Against the War

February 15, 2019

“We need to spend money on health care, schools, housing--not a war budget.”  This was the statement of Fred Pecker, a member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 6,

On this day in labor history, the year was 2003. 

Fred, who was protesting in San Francisco, was just one of the estimated 10 million people in 800 cities across the globe that protested the U.S. War in Iraq that day.  

February 14 - Jimmy Hoffa is Born

February 14 - Jimmy Hoffa is Born

February 13, 2019

On this day in labor history, the year was 1913, James Riddle Hoffa was born to a coal miner in Brazil, Indiana.  Tragedy struck the Hoffa home in 1920 when at age 7 young Jimmy lost his father.  

In 1924, like many families in Brazil the Hoffa family moved to Detroit, Michigan in search of work.  

February 13 - Writers Guild Take to the Picket Lines

February 13 - Writers Guild Take to the Picket Lines

February 13, 2019

If you turned on your T.V. in the winter of 2007-2008, you probably couldn’t find new episodes of your favorite programs. 

That winter some 12,000 writers represented by the Writers Guild of America took to the picket lines holding a 100 day strike.  

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