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This week in labor history: April 19-25

APRIL 19 1911 – In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the nation’s “Furniture City,” more than 6,000 immigrant workers — Germans, Dutch, Lithuanians and Poles — put...

This week in labor history: April 12-18

APRIL 12 1858 – A group of “puddlers” — craftsmen who manipulated pig iron to create steel—meet in a Pittsburgh bar and form The Iron...

This week in labor history: April 5-11

APRIL 5 1956 – Columnist Victor Riesel, a crusader against mob infiltration of unions, was blinded in New York City when an assailant threw sulfuric...

11 years ago today, 29 miners died in an explosion at...

Montcoal, W. VA – Today marks the 11th anniversary of the Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster in Raleigh County, West Virginia, where 29 miners...

This week in labor history: March 29-April 4

MARCH 29 1937 – The U.S. Supreme Court, in West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish, upholds the constitutionality of minimum wage legislation enacted by the...

This week in labor history: March 22-28

MARCH 22 1886 – Mark Twain, a lifelong member of the Int’l Typographical Union (now part of CWA), speaks in Hartford, Conn., extolling the Knights...

This week in labor history: March 15-21

MARCH 15 1887 – Official formation of the Painters Int’l Union. 1917 – Supreme Court approves Eight-Hour Act under threat of a national railway strike. 1948 –...

This week in labor history: March 8-14

MARCH 8 1924 – Three explosions at a Utah Fuel Co. mine in Castle Gate, Utah, kill 171. Fifty of the fatalities were native-born Greeks,...

This week in labor history: February 21-29

FEBRUARY 21 1868 – A state law is enacted in California providing the eight-hour day for most workers, but it was not effectively enforced. 1969 –...

This week in labor history: February 15-21, 2021

FEBRUARY 15 1802 – Susan B. Anthony, suffragist, abolitionist, labor activist, born in Adams, Mass. "Join the union, girls, and together say: Equal Pay for...