Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
February 7—Thirteen workers are killed, 42 injured in a dust explosion at an Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Georgia. Investigators found that the company had been aware of dangers for years but had not acted on them – 2008
February 8—Mary Kenney O’Sullivan is born in Hannibal, Mo. At age 28 she was to be appointed the first female general organizer for the American Federation of Labor by AFL President Samuel Gompers – 1864
February 9—Wobbly activist Tom Mooney convicted in bombing frame-up orchestrated by Pinkerton Detective Agency. He was pardoned and released 22 years later – 1917
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Labor Video: Pete Seeger—Union Maid
The late, great Pete Seeger sings his friend Woody Guthrie’s classic labor song, Union Maid. Seeger died last week at age 94. Click here to watch the video.