Sunday, October 7, 2012

Today in Labor History—October 7

October 7, 1879
Radical labor organizer and song writer Joe Hill was born in Gavle, Sweden. Hill was an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies). He was arrested and convicted on trumped up murder charges and executed in Utah. His famous last words to IWW co-founder Big Bill Haywood were “Don’t mourn. Organize.” Some of Hill’s most famous songs were The Preacher and the Slaver, Rebel Girl, There is Power in the Union, and Casey Jones-Union Scab. (From Workday Minnesota)

October 7, 1942 – The United Mine Workers withdrew from the CIO. (From the Daily Bleed)

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