Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Today in Labor History—November 9

November 9, 1933 – 200 assembly-line workers at Nash automobile in Kenosha, Wisconsin, walked out in protest of the new piece rates. Owner Charles Nash subsequently locked out all 3,000 workers. Workers at both the Racine and Milwaukee's Seaman Body plants eventually joined the strike eventually all winning raises of up to 17% and union recognition at each plant. (From the Daily Bleed)

November 9, 1935 - The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) was founded on this date in 1935. Important founding members included the Steelworkers, Auto Workers and Textile Workers. The CIO ultimately merged with the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in 1955 to form the AFL-CIO. (From Workday Minnesota)

Ohel Yaaqov Synagogue Destroyed by Nazis, Kristallnacht, Wiki Commons
November 9, 1938 – Kristallnacht, "Crystal Night," began on this date in Germany, marking the beginning of the Holocaust with the killing of 91 Jews and the deportation of 30,000 to concentration camps. (From the Daily Bleed)

November 9, 1939 – J. Edgar Hoover created an FBI list of potential political detainees that included Communists, labor leaders, journalists, poets, writers critical of the FBI and some members of Congress. (From the Daily Bleed)

November 9, 1969 – 78 Indians landed on Alcatraz Island leading to a 6 month occupation. (From the Daily Bleed)

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