March 16 - New York’s UFT is founded

March 15, 2019

Albert Shanker was fed up.  Mr. Shanker taught math at a junior high in in Astoria, Queens.  He and his colleagues felt they were underpaid and not respected.  The assistant principal of the school even spied on their classrooms with binoculars! 

March 15 - The Painters Union is Founded

March 15, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1887.  This was the day the International Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators of America got their start issuing their first charter. John Elliot led the founding meeting.

March 14 - Premier of Salt of the Earth

March 13, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1954, marking the opening of the powerful labor film, “Salt of the Earth.” 

“Salt of the Earth” told the story of striking Chicano miner members of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Local 890 against the Empire Zinc mine in New Mexico. 

March 13 - Remembering Susan B. Anthony

March 12, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1906.  That was the day the world lost a great champion of woman’s and worker’s rights, Susan B. Anthony. 

Born in 1820 in Massachusetts to a Quaker family, Susan B. Anthony is most well-known for her tireless campaign to secure the right to vote for women.  

March 12 - Victory for Bread and Roses Strike

March 12, 2019

The year was 1912. The Lawrence MA. Textile workers strike had worn on for over a month. 

More than 20,000 workers had walked off the job. Most of them were young women.  

March 11 - Explosion at Macbeth Mines

March 11, 2019
On this day in Labor History the year was 1937.
It was a tragic day of history repeating itself. An explosion occurred deep inside the Macbeth mine, in Logan West Virginia. In the immediate aftermath the bodies of 2 miners were recovered.  

March 10 - NYC TWU Strikes Omnibus

March 10, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1941. 

New Yorkers woke up to find a foot of snow blanketing their city.  Nearly a million New Yorkers also discovered their usual routine was going to be disrupted. 

At 5 a.m. the Transport Workers Union had walked off the job, calling a strike against the Fifth Avenue Coach and New York City Omnibus companies.  

March 9 - The Trans-Alaskan Pipeline Begins

March 9, 2019

You have likely heard the recent news stories about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. 

The national media continues to report as labor, energy groups, environmental and Native American activists all debate the proposed oil pipeline. 

But did you know that on the day in Labor History, March 9, marked the beginning of another oil pipeline project?

March 8 - International Women’s Day

March 7, 2019

You may know that March is Women’s History Month.  But do you know why it takes place each March?

It all goes back to today in Labor History the year was 1857. 

That was the day that hundreds of women working in New York City’s garment industry went on strike.  

March 7 - Bloody Ford Hunger March

March 6, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1932. Forever remembered as a tragic day.

The nation was in the grip of the Great Depression.

As the economy languished, car sales plummeted by 80 percent. Thousands in Detroit found themselves out of work.  Breadlines in the city grew longer with each passing day.