Archive for the 'labor movement' Category

On January 29th, 1918, thousands of angry Danes marched from the House of the People to the Copenhagen Stock Exchange, and took it over for the day.

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On November 19th, 1915, the most well-known bard among the many cultural workers that defined the spirit of the Industrial Workers of the World was executed by firing squad.

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On November 11th, 1918, the global carnage that became known as the First World War came to an end.

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On November 7th, 1919, the FBI began raiding union halls across the US, many of which were burned to the ground by patriotic World War 1 veterans, organized under the banner of the American Legion.  In this first nationwide raid conducted by the country's new national police force (which is what the FBI is) and their volunteer thugs, most of the leadership of the Industrial Workers of the World were arrested and imprisoned, thousands of members of this immigrant-led union were deported, and untold numbers were beaten, lynched or shot in the ensuing days of anti-union carnage.

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On June 2nd, 1831, workers in the Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil marched on the Castle Inn, where local bosses and magistrates were meeting with the High Sheriff of Glamorgan. Workers demanded a reduction in the price of bread and an increase in wages. When their demands were rejected, they attacked the inn, rioted, and took over the town, marching under a red flag. It took the 93rd (Highland) Regiment over a week to restore the status quo. The rebellion later came to be known as the Merthyr Rising.

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May Day

On May 1st, 1886, there were protests around the US for the eight-hour workday, against the horrific exploitation of the industrial workers. The response of the authorities to the protests was representative of the times – they shot into crowds in Chicago and Milwaukee.

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