Thursday, February 14, 2013

Today in Labor History—February 14, 2012

Frederick Douglas Mural, Belfast
February 14, 1817 - Anti-slavery activist Frederick Douglass was born on this date. (From Workday Minnesota)

February 14, 1903 - President Theodore Roosevelt signed a law creating the Department of Commerce and Labor. (From
Workday Minnesota)

February 14, 1903 – The Western Federation of Miners (WFM) went on strike for the 8-hour working day. (From the Daily Bleed)

February 14, 1903 -- US: Composer Abel Meeropol was born on this date in the Bronx, NY. Meeropol wrote the anti-lynching song “Strange Fruit,” was active in the defence of the Rosenbergs, and ended adopting their son after their execution. (From the Daily Bleed)

February 14, 1915 - 8,000 to 10,000 unemployed workers rallied at Gateway Park, Minneapolis, in sleet and slush. (From Workday Minnesota)

February 14, 1949 – Canadian asbestos workers began a six-month strike.

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