Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Today in Labor History—February 6

February 6, 1910 – Philadelphia shirtwaist makers voted to accept an arbitration offer and end their strike.  (From the Daily Bleed)

February 6, 1919 – The Seattle General Strike began on this date. The city's 10,000 Japanese immigrants participated in the walkout, along with longshoremen, trolley operators, and bartenders. The strike began in response to government sanctioned wage cuts. During the strike, councils were formed consisting of workers, soldiers and sailors council, which took over virtually all major city services, including food distribution and security. The strike ultimately ended as a result of bureaucratic labor union intervention. (From Workday Minnesota and the Daily Bleed)

February 6, 1970 – After 136 days on strike, Fisher Body workers ratified a new agreement. (From the Daily Bleed)

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