This Week in Labor History: 10/8 - 10/14

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October 08

Thirty of the city's 185 firefighters are injured battling the Great Chicago Fire, which burned for three days - 1871
 
In Poland, the union Solidarity and all other labor organizations are banned by the government - 1982
 
Upholsterers' Int’l Union of North America merges with United Steelworkers of America - 1985 

October 09

United Hebrew Trades is organized in New York by shirt maker Morris Hillquit and others. Hillquit would later become leader of the Socialist Party - 1888
 
Retail stock brokerage Smith Barney reaches a tentative sexual harassment settlement with a group of female employees. The suit charged, among other things, that branch managers asked female workers to remove their tops in exchange for money and one office featured a "boom boom room" where women workers were encouraged to "entertain clients." The settlement was never finalized: a U.S. District Court judge refused to approve the deal because it failed to adequately redress the plaintiff's grievances - 1997
 
An estimated 3,300 sanitation workers working for private haulers in Chicago win a 9-day strike featuring a 28-percent wage increase over five years - 2003 

October 10

Six days into a cotton field strike by 18,000 Mexican and Mexican-American workers in Pixley, Calif., four strikers are killed and six wounded; eight growers were indicted and charged with murder - 1933 

October 11

The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic background - 1873
 
Nearly 1,500 plantation workers strike Olaa Sugar, on Hawaii’s Big Island - 1948 

October 12

Company guards kill at least eight miners who are attempting to stop scabs, Virden, Ill. Six guards are also killed, and 30 persons wounded - 1898
 
Fourteen miners killed, 22 wounded at Pana, Ill. - 1902
 
Some 2,000 workers demanding union recognition close down dress manufacturing, Los Angeles - 1933
 
More than one million Canadian workers demonstrate against wage controls - 1976 

October 13

American Federation of Labor votes to boycott all German-made products as a protest against Nazi antagonism to organized labor within Germany - 1934
 
More than 1,100 office workers strike Columbia University in New York City. The mostly female and minority workers win union recognition and pay increases - 1985
 
National Basketball Association cancels regular season games for the first time in its 51-year history, during a player lockout.  Player salaries and pay caps are the primary issue.  The lockout lasts 204 days - 1998
 
Hundreds of San Jose Mercury News newspaper carriers end 4-day walkout with victory - 2000 

October 14

Int’l Working People's Association founded in Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1883
 
The Seafarers Int’l Union (SIU) is founded as an AFL alternative to what was then the CIO’s National Maritime Union.  SIU is an umbrella organization of 12 autonomous unions of mariners, fishermen and boatmen working on U.S.-flagged vessels - 1938
 

Formal construction began today on what is expected to be a five-year, $3.9 billion replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River.  It's estimated the project would be employing 8,000 building trades workers over the span of the job - 2013

- Compiled and edited by David Prosten.

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