Susan B. Anthony calls for the formation of a Working Women's Association. A 20-month illegal lockout of 2,900 Steelworkers members at Kaiser Aluminum plants in three states ends. Musician and labor educator Joe Glazer dies at age 88. Militia sent to Leadville, Colo., to break miners’ strike.
More than 3,000 people died when suicide highjackers crashed planes into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. New York City’s Union Square, the site of the first Labor Day in 1882, is officially named a national historic landmark. President Kennedy signs off on a $900 million public-works bill for projects in economically depressed areas. Richard Trumka is elected president of the AFL-CIO at the federation’s convention in Pittsburgh.
African-American cotton pickers organize and strike in Lee County, Texas, against miserably low wages and other injustices. 600 Teamster-represented workers walk out at the Diamond Walnut processing plant. Between 20-30K marchers participate in New York's first Labor Day parade.
MLK delivered his "I have a dream" speech in D.C. and is endorsed by many affiliate unions. The National Association of Letter Carriers unanimously agrees on a new resolution. Between 1880 and 2003 we also witness historic victories for dancers, flight attendants, miners, and craft workers.