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This week in labor history: November 29 – December 5

NOVEMBER 29 1934 – Clerks, teamsters and building service workers at Boston Stores in Milwaukee strike at the beginning of the Christmas rush. The strike...

This week in labor history: November 22-28

NOVEMBER 22 1909 – “The Uprising of the 20,000.” Some 20,000 female garment workers are on strike in New York; Judge tells arrested pickets: “You...

This week in labor history: November 15-21

NOVEMBER 15 1881 – Founding convention of the Federation of Trades and Labor Unions is held in Pittsburgh. It urges enactment of employer liability, compulsory...

This week in labor history: November 8-14

NOVEMBER 8 1892 – 20,000 workers, Black and White, stage general strike in New Orleans, demanding union recognition and hour and wage gains. 1933 – President...

Miners’ history should take center stage in southwestern Illinois

By ROBERT KELLY Correspondent Mt. Olive, IL – Communities in southwestern Illinois must continue to cultivate their vital role in the history of the Labor Movement and...

This week in labor history: October 25-31

OCTOBER 25 1899 – What many believe to be the first formal training on first aid in American history took place at the Windsor Hotel...

This week in labor history: October 18-24

OCTOBER 18 1648 – The “Shoemakers of Boston” — the first Labor organization in what would later become the United States — was authorized by...

This week in labor history: October 11-17

OCTOBER 11 1873 – The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic...

This week in labor history: October 4-10

OCTOBER 4 1927 – Work begins on the carving of Mt. Rushmore, a task 400 craftsmen would eventually complete in 1941. Despite the dangerous nature...

This week in labor history: September 27-October 3

SEPTEMBER 27 1875 – Striking textile workers in Fall River, Mass., demand bread for their starving children. 1893 – The Int’l Typographical Union renews a strike...