On this day in Labor History the year was 1913 silk workers in Paterson, New Jersey ended their unsuccessful six-month strike. By 1900, Paterson had won the nickname "Silk City." Skilled weavers, ribbon weavers in particular, were proud of their craft.
On this day in Labor History the year was 1775. That was the day that the United States Post Office was created in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin. Franklin was a member of the Second Continental Congress. Among many distinctions Ben Franklin was the nation’s first Postmaster General.
On this day in Labor History the year was 1877. Workers organized the first general strike in American history. The strike was an outgrowth of the railroad strike which you may know, if you are a regular listener of Labor History in 2:00, that started ten days earlier in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
On this day in Labor History the year was 1892. That was the day that Lithuanian-born anarchist, Alexander Berkman attempted to shoot steel magnate Andrew Carnegie’s second-in-command, Henry Clay Frick. Berkman wanted to avenge the Homestead Steel massacre in which nine workers were killed.
On this day in Labor History the year was 1887. That was the day brewery workers in San Francisco declared victory after breweries owners gave in to their demands. The demands were as follows: free beer, a closed shop, freedom to live outside the breweries, a 10-hour work day, a six-day week, and a board of arbitration.