Today in Labor History: July 10
14,000 federal and state troops finally succeed in putting down the strike against the Pullman Palace Car Co., which had been peaceful until July 5, when federal troops intervened in Chicago, against the repeated protests of the Governor and Chicago’s mayor. Some 34 American Railway Union members were killed by troops over the course of the strike – 1894
Also on this date: Mary McLeod Bethune, educator and civil rights activist, born…Powerful explosion rips through the Rolling Mill coal mine in Johnstown, Pa., killing 112 miners…San Francisco Chamber of Commerce holds a mass meeting of more than 2,000 merchants to organize what was to become a frontal assault on union strength and the closed shop…Sidney Hillman dies at age 59. He led the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, was a key figure in the founding of the Congress of Industrial Organizations and was a close advisor to Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt… click here for complete postings.
Labor Cartoon: Out Sick
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