Today in Labor History: April 4

The first issue of The Labor Review, a “weekly magazine for organized workers,” was published in Minneapolis. Edna George, a cigar packer in Minneapolis, won $10 in gold for suggesting the name “Labor Review.” The Labor Review has been published continuously since then, currently as a monthly newspaper – 1907

Unemployed riot in New York City’s Union Square – 1914

Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, where he had been supporting a sanitation workers’ strike.  In the wake of this tragedy, riots break out in many cities, including Washington, D.C. – 1968

Some 1,700 United Mine Workers members in Virginia and West Virginia beat back concessions demanded by Pittston Coal Co. – 1989
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