Gompers died December 13, 1924. He served as president of the American Federation of Labor from 1886 to 1894 and from 1895 to his death.
On this day in 1906, the first ever sit-down strike in American history took place at the General Electric plant in Schenectady, N.Y.
Canadian workers joined the union a year after it was formed, at which point it came to be called the International Union of Steam Engineers.
African American delegates met in Washington, D.C., to form the Colored National Labor Union.
On Dec. 5, 2008 the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the economy had shed 520,000 jobs the month before.
Today in 1946 Oakland California women led a general strike that massed some 140,000 workers.
On November 30, 1854, "Fighting Mary" Eliza McDowell, also known as the "Angel of the Stockyards," was born in Chicago.
On this date in 1999, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that medical interns could unionize and negotiate.
During this time, 20,000 other newspaper workers represented by other unions refused to cross the photo engravers' picket lines.
Nov. 27, 1937, the pro-labor musical revue, "Pins & Needles," opens on Broadway with a cast of International Ladies Garment Workers Union members.