Friday, September 9, 2011

Today in Labor History—September 9

September 9, 1891 – The first strike by African-American plantation workers occurred on this date in Georgia & Arkansas. They were fighting for wages of $1.00 a day. They lost the strike. (From the Daily Bleed)
Soldiers marching back from bullring, Etaples, where officers routinely bullied them
 September 9, 1918 – Scottish & Anzac troops at the Etaples army base launched a successful five day mutiny against harsh treatment and bad conditions by attacking the military police and daily demonstrations. (From the Daily Bleed)
MA Militia Attempting to Gain Control of Boston Police Strike
 September 9, 1919 - Boston police walked off the job during the strike wave that was spreading across the country. The police had affiliated with the American Federation of Labor, prompting the police commissioner to suspend 19 of them for their organizing efforts, prompting other to go on strike. Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge announced that none of the strikers would be rehired and he called in the state police to crush the strike. An entirely new police force was ultimately created from  unemployed veterans of World War I. (From Workday Minnesota)

September 9, 1943 – 60 striking Filipino workers were run out of Yakima, Washington by state police and vigilantes. (From the Daily Bleed)

September 9, 1968 – In a press conference, Mayor Daley admitted what we’ve known all along: "The policeman isn't there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder." (From the Daily Bleed)

September 9, 1971 – The Attica prison riot began near Buffalo, New York. Nine prison guards were held hostage, dying along with 31 of their captors when 1,500 state police and other law-enforcement officers stormed the complex shooting indiscriminately. (From the Daily Bleed)

September 9, 1981 – The Sandinista government in Nicaragua banned all strikes. (From the Daily Bleed)

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