February Labor History
3 February 1930
"Chicagorillas" -- labor racketeers -- shot and killed contractor William Healy, with whom the Chicago Marble Setters Union had been having difficulties.
11 February 1937
General Motors recognizes the United Auto Workers union following a sit-down strike.
12 February 1877
U.S. railroad workers began strikes to protest wage cuts.
18 March 1970
The first mass work stoppage in the 195-year history of the Post Office Department began with a walkout of letter carriers in Brooklyn and Manhattan, soon involving 210,000 of the nation's 750,000 postal employees. With mail service virtually paralyzed in New York, Detroit, and Philadelphia, President Nixon declared a state of national emergency and assigned military units to New York City post offices. The stand-off culminated two weeks later.
23 February 1904
William Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Chronicle began publishing articles on the menace of Japanese laborers, leading to a resolution of the California Legislature that action be taken against their immigration.
24 February 1912
Women and children were beaten by police during a textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
27 February 1939
The Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes are illegal.
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