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This week in labor history: February 10-16

FEBRUARY 10 1908 – The American Federation of Labor (AFL) founds the Building and Construction Trades Department as a way to overcome the jurisdictional conflicts...

This week in labor history: February 3-9

FEBRUARY 3 1908 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules the United Hatters Union violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by organizing a nationwide boycott of Danbury...

This week in labor history: January 27-February 2

JANUARY 27 1734 – New York City maids organize to improve working conditions. 1891 – Mine explosion in Mount Pleasant, Pa., leaves more than 100 dead. 1920...

This week in labor history: January 20-26

JANUARY 20 1909 – Chicago Crib Disaster – A fire breaks out during construction of a water tunnel for the city of Chicago, burning the...

This week in labor history: January 12-19

JANUARY 13 1874 – The original Tompkins Square Riot. As unemployed workers demonstrated in New York’s Tompkins Square Park, a detachment of mounted police charged...

This week in labor history: January 6-12

JANUARY 6 1882 – The Toronto Trades and Labour Council endorses the principle of equal pay for equal work between men and women. 1916 – Eight...

This week in labor history: December 30-January 5

DECEMBER 30 1899 – Gathering in the back room of Behrens’ cigar shop in Sedalia, Mo., 33 railroad clerks form Local Lodge Number 1 of...

This week in labor history: December 23-29

DECEMBER 23 1908 – AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a Labor boycott of Buck’s Stove and Range Co. in St...

This week in labor history: December 16-22

DECEMBER 16 1900 – The National Civic Federation is formed by business and Labor leaders, most prominently AFL president Sam Gompers, as a vehicle to...

This week in labor history: December 9-15

DECEMBER 9 2001 – Ratification of a new labor agreement at Titan Tire of Natchez, Miss., ends the longest strike in the history of the...
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