Saturday, August 11, 2012

Today in Labor History

August 11

Federal troops drive some 1,200 jobless workers from Washington D.C. Led by unemployed activist Charles "Hobo" Kelley the group's "soldiers" include young journalist Jack London and William Haywood, a young miner-cowboy called "Big Bill" - 1884

One hundred "platform men" employed by the privately owned United Railroads streetcar service in San Francisco abandon their streetcars, tying up many of the main lines in and out of the city center - 1917

International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union receives CIO charter - 1937

SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.

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