The sit-down tactic proved extremely effective. Workers literally sat in at their jobs and refused to leave. As a result, the company was unable to hire scab replacements.
The coal miners were underpaid Eastern Europeans who were told not to complain about their substandard and dangerous working conditons.
January 23 is, like most days, a day to remember in labor history.
Contrary to what right-wing politicians would have us believe, labor unions have been part of the fabric of American society for a very long time.
On this day in 1946, some 750,000 steel workers walked off the job in the largest work stoppage in the industry.
On January 17, 1962, President John Kennedy signs Executive Order 10988, recognizing the right of federal employees to bargain collectively.
Leonard Woodcock was born to Ernest Woodcock and Margaret Freel in Providence, R.I. in February 15, 1911.
In a 1965 speech, King stated, "The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress."
Thanks to the works of those who came before us, this new generation is equipped with the knowledge of how to make change, and it is become more and more apparent what we need to fight for.
The NYC police, on Jan. 13, 1874, overran a demonstration by thousands of unemployed in Tompkins Square Park in the neighborhood now called the East Village.