Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition

Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition

December 09
Ratification of a new labor agreement at Titan Tire of Natchez, Miss. ends the longest strike in the history of the U.S. tire industry, which began May 1, 1998 at the company’s Des Moines, Iowa, plant – 2001
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December 10
First sit-down strike in U.S. called by IWW at General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y. – 1906
December 11
Ten days after an Illinois State mine inspector approved coal dust removal techniques at New Orient mine in West Frankfort, the mine exploded, largely because of coal dust accumulations, killing 119 workers – 1951

— Selected highlights from this week’s labor history postings; click here for complete postings and graphics.


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