Monday, December 3, 2012

Today in Labor History—December 3


December 3, 1866 – Textile strikers won a 10-hour work day, Fall River, Massachusetts. (from the Daily Bleed)


December 3, 1910 – The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Brotherhood of Timber Workers Union was organized on this date.
December 3, 1916 – Seven Australian Wobblies (IWW members) were sentenced to 15 years in prison for their anti-war efforts during the "Great" War that Ended All Wars. Other IWWs were sentenced to five and 10 years. In August 1917 the IWW was outlawed in Australia and its membership rolls were made available to employers who blacklisted anyone on the lists. 

December 3, 1946 – Female retail clerks launched the great Oakland General Strike. Other workers joined in, with over 100,000 walking off the job.

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