On this day in 1938, 12,000 pecan shellers in San Antonio, Texas, went on strike in 400 locations.
Nearly 1,100 burials were delayed after negotiations between the two groups broke down and workers were locked out of the association's 26 cemeteries.
The workers were protesting not just their low pay but also the intolerable working conditions on an important canal construction project.
Robinson was the first African American to play major league baseball
The court ruled that U.S. citizens could be imprisoned without probable cause and denied their right to habeas corpus during a time of "insurrection."
Parsons was described by the Chicago Police Department as "more dangerous than a thousand rioters."
Today in labor history, Jan. 16, 1920, thousands of immigrants, arrested during the vicious Palmer Raids, won a basic constitutional right: legal representation.
On January 15, 1915 in Chicago there was a big march on City Hall by some 1,500 jobless and hungry people demanding relief.
On Jan. 14, 2003, nearly 20,000 General Electric workers went out on strike at 48 plants in 33 states.
On this day in 1912 the "Bread and Roses" textile strike began in Lawrence, Mass.