Monday, October 3, 2011

Today in Labor History—October 3

October 3, 1902 - President Theodore Roosevelt met with miners and coal field operators and tried to settle the 5-month long anthracite coal strike, the first time a president had personally intervened in a labor-management dispute. Three weeks later, the miners settled. (From Workday Minnesota)

October 3, 1915 – The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) was founded. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 3, 1920 – The Modern School at Clivio, Italy was reopened and then shut down again by the government. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 3, 1932 – All 164 students at Kincaid High School in Illinois walked out on strike to protest their school’s use of scab labor to provide heating coal. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 3, 1945 – A seven-state Greyhound bus strike took place. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 3, 1967 – Woody Guthrie died of Huntington's disease at the age of 52. (From the Daily Bleed)

October 3, 1970— Baseball umpires called their first strike (against employers instead of players). (From the Daily Bleed)
Mural dedicated to the Hunger Strikers, Derry, Northern Ireland
 October 3, 1981 -- A hunger strike by Irish nationalists at Maze Prison in Belfast, was called off after seven months and ten deaths. Striking prisoner Bobby Sands, who was elected to parliament from his jail cell during the hunger strike, eventually died from his protest. (From the Daily Bleed)

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