Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
August 30—Delegates from several East Coast cities meet in convention to form the National Trades’ Union, uniting craft unions to oppose “the most unequal and unjustifiable distribution of the wealth of society in the hands of a few individuals.” The union faded after a few years – 1834
August 31—Some 10,000 striking miners began a fight at Blair Mountain, W.Va., for recognition of their union, the United Mine Workers of America. Federal troops were sent in, and miners were forced to withdraw five days later, after 16 deaths – 1921
September 1—Walter Reuther is born. He went on to become a founder of the United Auto Workers and president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations when it merged with the AFL in 1955 – 1907
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