The Week In Labor History (September 25)

The Week In Labor History (September 25)

 Ford Model T rear three quarter view beautifully restored – SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – APRIL 16 2016 (Shutterstock)

September 20

According to folklorist John Garst, steel-drivin’ man John Henry, born a slave, outperformed a steam hammer on this date at the Coosa Mountain Tunnel or the Oak Mountain Tunnel of the Columbus and Western Railway (now part of the Norfolk Southern) near Leeds, Ala. Other researchers place the contest near Talcott, W. Va. – 1887

September 21

550 workers at the Frontier Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas go on strike over wages and benefits. The longest hotel strike in U.S. history lasted 6 years, 4 months, and 10 days and when it was over, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals awarded the workers $3.5 million in back pay and pension credits. – 1991

September 22

The Emancipation Proclamation was signed. The proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863 and freed slaves in states that were then in rebellion. – 1862

Eleven Domino’s employees in Pensacola, Fla., form the nation’s first union of pizza delivery drivers – 2006

The Great Steel Strike began. Almost 400,000 steelworkers in 50 cities struck to protest intolerable working conditions. Union leaders believed that if they could organize the steel workers, it would lead to a massive wave of unionization across the country. Thus began the Great Steel Strike of 1919. The bosses called upon the federal troops and crushed the strike after 3½ months, killing twenty-two people in the process. – 1919

September 26

The first production Ford Model T left the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. It was the first car ever manufactured on an assembly line, with interchangeable parts. The auto industry was to become a major U.S. employer, accounting for as many as one of every eight to ten jobs in the country. – 1908

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