Friday, November 25, 2011

Today in Labor History—November 25

America, Love It or Leave It (By Force)
November 25, 1919 – A strike for union recognition by 395,000 steelworkers continued throughout November. The strike began on September 22 and collapsed on January 8, 1920. The strike was used by the feds as an excuse to deport approximately 250 anarchists, communists and labor agitators to Russia on November 24, marking the beginning of the so-called "Red Scare." (from the Daily Bleed)

November 25, 1946 - St. Paul teachers, led mostly by women, walked out of their classrooms in American’s first organized teachers’ strike. 1,165 teachers and principals (all represented by the same union) remained out until Dec. 27 in what they called the “strike for better schools.” (From Workday Minnesota)


  1. Teachers and administrators in the same union, that is a novel idea. I think we need to abolish administration altogether and have veteran teachers be the instructional leaders. Central can appoint a building leader whose job it will be to oversee the logistics of things. But teachers and students should not be at the mercy of career climbers and non-educators who just want to make 6 figures.

  2. Yeh, crazy idea and one that fortunately hasn't stuck.

    I support the abolition of all bosses.