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    Today's Labor History
    This week’s Labor History Today podcast: Stand! The new hit labor musical
    Last week’s show: The Vancouver Island Coal Strike; Skyscraper Labor.  

    January 22
    Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California - 1826

    Birth of Terence V. Powderly, leader of the Knights of Labor - 1849

    The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, OH with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National progressive Miners Union - 1890

    Five hundred New York City tenants battle police to prevent evictions - 1932


    January 23
    10,000 clothing workers strike in Rochester, NY for the 8 hour day, a 10% wage increase, union recognition, and extra pay for overtime and holidays. Daily parades were held throughout the clothing district and there was at least one instance of mounted police charging the crowd of strikers and arresting 25 picketers. Six people were wounded over the course of the strike and one worker, 18 year old Ida Breiman, was shot to death by a sweatshop contractor. The strike was called off in April after manufacturers agreed not to discriminate against workers for joining a union - 1913


    January 24
    Krueger Cream Ale, the first canned beer, goes on sale in Richmond, Va. Pabst was the second brewer in the same year to sell beer in cans, which came with opening instructions and the suggestion: "cool before serving" - 1935

    Federal minimum wage increases to 75¢ an hour - 1952

    - David Prosten

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