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This week in labor history: June 27-July 3

JUNE 27 1905 – The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the “Wobblies,” is founded at a 12-day-long convention in Chicago. The Wobbly...

This week in labor history: June 20-26

JUNE 20 1893 – The American Railway Union, headed by Eugene Debs, is founded in Chicago. In the Pullman strike a year later, the union...

This week in labor history: June 13-19

JUNE 13 1884 – Congress creates a Bureau of Labor under the Interior Department. It later became independent as a Department of Labor without executive...

This week in labor history: May 30 – June 5

MAY 30 1929 – The Ford Motor Company signs a “Technical Assistance” contract to produce cars in the Soviet Union, and Ford workers are sent...

This week in labor history: May 23-29

MAY 23 1903 – An estimated 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, strike in the Philadelphia area.  Among the issues: 60-hour workweeks, including...

This week in labor history: May 16-22

MAY 16 1934 – Minneapolis general strike backs Teamsters, who are striking most of the city’s trucking companies. 1938 – U.S. Supreme Court issues Mackay decision,...

This week in labor history: May 9-15

MAY 9 1837 – The first Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women was held on this date in New York City. Attendees included women of color,...

This week in labor history: April 2-8

MAY 2 1867 – Chicago’s first Trades Assembly, formed three years earlier, sponsors a general strike by thousands of workers to enforce the state’s new...

This week in labor history: April 18-24

APRIL 18 1912 – West Virginia coal miners strike, defend themselves against National Guard. 1941 – After a four-week boycott led by Rev. Adam Clayton Powell...

This week in labor history: April 11-17

APRIL 11 1941 – Ford Motor Company signs first contract with United Auto Workers. 1947 – Jackie Robinson, first Black ballplayer hired by a major league...