Friday, February 17, 2012

Today in Labor History—February 17, 2012

February 17, 1879 – Russian nihilists unsuccessfully tried to assassinate Czar Alexander in St. Petersburg.  (From the Daily Bleed)
Big Bill Haywood
 February 17, 1906 - "Big Bill" Haywood and two others were arrested (kidnapped) for the murder of former Idaho Governor Frank Stuenenberg. Clarence Darrow successfully defended them, telling jurors, "If at the behest of this mob you should kill Bill Haywood, he is mortal, he will die, but I want to say that a million men will grab up the banner of labor where at the open grave Haywood lays it down . . ." (From Workday Minnesota)
Florence Kelley
 February 17, 1932 – Florence Kelley (b.1859) died on this date. Kelley was a social and political reformer who worked against sweatshops and fought for the minimum wage, eight-hour workdays and children’s rights. (From the Daily Bleed)

February 17, 1936 – The United Rubber Workers launched a sit-down strike at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio. (From the Daily Bleed)

February 17, 1937 – Workers at Fansteel Corporation staged a sit-down strike for union recognition. (From the Daily Bleed)

February 17, 1996 – A 3-day UAW wildcat strike began at the Chrysler truck plant in Warren, Michigan. (From the Daily Bleed)

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