Labor History in 2:00
July 31 - MLB Strikes Out

July 31 - MLB Strikes Out

July 31, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1981. That was the day the long Major League Baseball strike finally came to an end. 

The issue that motivated the strike was a dispute between players and management over free-agency.  

July 30 - The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa

July 30 - The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa

July 30, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1975.  That was the day that began one of the greatest mysteries of the United States labor movement.  Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in Detroit. 

July 29 -The Day of the Grape

July 29 -The Day of the Grape

July 29, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1970. That was the day the United Farm Workers, led by Cesar Chavez, signed their first union contract in California. It was a milestone victory for agricultural workers.  

July 28 - Paterson Silk Strike

July 28 - Paterson Silk Strike

July 28, 2019

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.  

July 27 - Remembering William Sylvis

July 27 - Remembering William Sylvis

July 27, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1869. That was the day that labor leader William Sylvis died. Sylvis was born in Armaugh, Pennsylvania. 

July 26 - Ben Franklin’s Postal Service

July 26 - Ben Franklin’s Postal Service

July 26, 2019

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. 

July 25 - Safety on the Rails

July 25 - Safety on the Rails

July 25, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1832.  That was the day of the first recorded railroad accident in U.S. history. It took place near Quincy, Massachusetts. Four people were thrown off a vacant car on the Granite Railway.

July 24 - America’s First General Strike

July 24 - America’s First General Strike

July 24, 2019

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.

July 23 - Alexander Berkman

July 23 - Alexander Berkman

July 23, 2019

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.  

July 22 - Brew Works

July 22 - Brew Works

July 22, 2019

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. 

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