Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Today in Labor History—September 19

Alexander Berkman, 1892

September 19, 1892 – Alexander Berkman was convicted for attempting to assassinate Henry Frick and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Berkman tried to kill Frick in retaliation for Frick’s role in suppressing the Homestead strike and massacring workers. (From the Daily Bleed)

September 19, 1981 - Over 400,000 union members marched in the first Solidarity Day demonstration in Washington, D.C., to protest Reagan’s firing of striking PATCO air traffic controllers. (From Workday Minnesota)

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