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Workers - Historical Events
Date Event
1848-06-23

Bloody insurrection of workers in Paris

1860-02-22

Shoe-making workers of Lynn Ms, strike successfully for higher wages

1862-09-17

American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion results in the single largest civilian disaster during the war; 78 workers killed.

1865-03-20

Michigan authorizes workers' cooperatives

1868-06-25

US President Andrew Johnson passes a law that government workers would work 8 hr day

1873-06-04

1st contract workers of British-Indies Co arrives in Suriname

1877-07-20

Military shoots on stopped railroad workers in Balt, kills 9

1880-07-21

Compressed air accident kills 20 workers on Hudson River tunnel, NY

1882-09-05

10,000 workers march in 1st Labor Day parade in NYC

1884-09-26

Suriname army shoots on British-Indian contract workers, 7 killed

1885-09-02

In Rock Springs, Wyoming, 150 white miners, who were struggling to unionize so they could strike for better wages and work conditions, attack their Chinese fellow workers, killing 28, wounding 15, and forcing several hundred more out of town.

1889-05-01

2nd International Congress calls for 1st International Workers Day 1st May 1890 to mark protests in Chicago in 1886

1889-11-03

Chaplain Ariëns founds first roman catholic workers group

1890-01-25

United Mine Workers of America forms

1892-07-06

Striking steel workers in Homestead, Pa, fire on scabs, killing 7

1894-04-20

136,000 mine workers strike in Ohio for pay increase

1894-06-21

Workers in Pittsburgh strike Pullman sleeping car company

1894-07-02

Government obtains injunction against striking Pullman Workers

1898-09-13

20,000 Paris construction workers go on strike

1899-07-19

National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers forms

1899-10-13

7000 lay-offs black mine workers of South Africa reach Natal

1900-06-24

Dutch Social-Democratic Workers' party & Socialistenbond merge

1900-08-07

Diamond workers in Amsterdam strike

1902-01-13

Textile workers strike in Enschede Neth till June 1

1902-01-27

5 workers killed on explosion during IRT subway construction (NYC)

1902-05-12

Some 140,000 miners of anthracite coal in Pennsylvania go out on a strike called by the United Mine Workers after the owners have refused to recognize the UMW, let alone negotiate or submit to arbitration; Roosevelt later threatens to have the army run the mine

1902-10-21

In the United States, a five month strike by United Mine Workers ends.

1903-01-29

Dutch railroad workers strike

1903-04-06

In Holland, railroad and dock workers go out on strike, but the government passes anti-strike bills, calls out troops, and promptly ends the strike on the 13th April

1903-07-17

The Russian Social Democratic Workers Party meets, first in Brussels and then London because their leaders have been forced into exile by the Russian Government

1905-01-02

The American anarcho-syndicalist union known as the Industrial Workers of the World forms.

1905-01-22

In St Petersburg, Russia, a large demonstration of workers led by Father Gapon, march to the Winter Palace with a petition to the Tsar; troops fire on protesters in what becomes known as 'Bloody Sunday'

1905-01-29

Tsar Nicolas II of Russia, unsettled by the rising violence and protest, enacts reforms to improve the conditions of workers; these changes will do little to stop disorder throughout Russia in ensuing months

1905-10-15

Union workers at NVV rejects safety demands

1905-10-26

First Soviet (workers' council) formed, St Petersburg, Russia

1905-11-09

Swedish mine workers win 5 month strike for minimum wages

1905-12-11

A workers uprising occurs, establishing the Shuliavka Republic in Kiev.

1905-12-22

Arrest of St Petersburg Soviet members leads to an uprising of Moscow workers and fighting in the street

1906-09-22

In New Zealand, Domestic workers call for a 68-hour working week

1907-06-14

Government of Transvaal sends home 50,000 Chinese day workers

1907-06-16

Tsar Nicolas II of Russia dissolves the Second Duma (parliament) and issues an edict that will increase representation of propertied classes while reducing that of peasants, workers and national minorities

1907-08-29

The Quebec Bridge collapses during construction, killing 75 workers.

1907-12-19

239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania

1909-05-13

Christian National Labor Workers (CNV) party begins in Netherlands

1909-08-24

Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal

1910-12-21

Explosion in coal mine in Hulton England, 344 mine workers dies

1911-08-01

Transportation workers begin a major strike in England; part of a wave of industrial unrest

1911-10-01

United Dutch Diamond workers get 8-hr day

1912-04-04

Army fires on striking mine workers at Lena-gold fields Siberia

1913-10-22

Explosion at Dawson NM coal mine kills 263 mine workers

1914-01-26

600 Dutch textile workers go on strike

1915-12-27

US Iron and Steel workers begin a 3-week strike in Ohio for a eight-hour-day; they are successful as the US needs steel for armaments

1916-05-24

Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname

1917-04-10

Munition factory explosion at Eddystone PA, kills 133 workers

1917-06-10

Limburgse mine workers strike

1919-01-07

The Industrial and Commercial Workers` Union of South Africa is founded, led by Clements Kadalie

1919-03-17

Dutch steel workers strike for 8 hr day & minimum wages

1919-11-07

US police raid offices of Union of Russian Workers

1920-02-12

-Apr 26] 14,000 Rotterdam/Amsterdam harbor workers strike

1921-04-13

Foundation of the Spanish Communist Workers' Party.

1921-07-29

Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.

1922-07-17

Curacao harbor workers begin strike under Felix Chacuto

1923-01-25

NVV donates 100,000 gulden to mine workers of Ruhrgebied

1923-02-18

Belgium: Borinage-mine workers strike for higher wages

1923-03-31

French soldiers fire on workers at Krupp factory in Essen; 13 die

1923-04-07

Workers Party of America (NYC) becomes official communist party

1923-05-26

Socialist Workers Youth International forms in Hamburg

1924-05-08

Workers at Werkspoor in Amsterdam strike against 3rd wage cut

1925-04-05

Belgian Workers Party wins parliamentary election

1925-11-01

VARA, Vereniging van Workers Radio Amateurs forms in Amsterdam

1926-05-03

British general strike: 3 million workers support miners

1926-05-12

British general strike ends, but mine workers stay on strike

1929-05-01

Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen

1932-01-03

Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop revolt by banana workers fired by United Fruit.

1932-08-27

200,000 English textile workers strike

1934-03-29

Bank of Travail in Belgium, socialist workers' movement bankrupt

1935-06-03

One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario.

1936-12-30

United Auto Workers stage 1st sit-down strike, at Fisher Body Plant

1937-03-01

US Steel raises workers' wages to $5 a day

1938-06-25

Federal minimum wage law guarantees workers 25 cents per hour (rising to 40 cents by 1945) and a maximum 44 hour working week

1939-08-02

Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers

1940-03-14

27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas

1940-05-16

Nazis forbid non-professional auto workers

1942-05-22

The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed.

1943-01-15

1,000 workers complete air conditioning system for Pentagon

1943-04-08

U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases to common carriers and public utilities.

1943-05-25

Riot at Mobile, Alabama, shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers

1944-08-09

12 workers of Dutch illegal paper "Trouw" executed at Camp Vught

1944-08-18

Paris rail workers strike against Nazi occupiers

1944-09-30

Dutch General Mine Workers Union (ABWM) forms

1944-10-20

Revolution by workers & students in Guatemala

1945-11-21

General Motors workers go on strike

1946-01-25

United Mine Workers union rejoins American Federation of Labor

1946-04-01

400,000 US mine workers strike

1946-07-02

Harbor workers end strike at Rotterdam & Amsterdam

1946-11-23

The Workers Party of South Korea is founded.

1947-12-12

United Mine Workers union withdrew from AFL

1948-03-27

The Second Congress of the Workers' Party of North Korea is convened.

1952-05-02

Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers

1952-06-02

650,000 metal workers go on strike in US

1956-03-20

Union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp

1956-07-10

650,000 US steel workers go on strike

1962-04-05

St Bernard Tunnel finished-Swiss/Italians workers shake hands

1962-08-14

French & Italian workers break through at Mount Blanc Vehicular Tunnel

1962-09-30

Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez founds the United Farm Workers.

1962-10-08

North Korea reports 100% election turnout, miraculously 100% vote for the Workers' Party

1963-03-01

200,000 French mine workers strike

1963-07-06

South African workers' union leader Billy Nair arrested

1963-09-17

Train struck makeshift bus full of migrant workers, killing 32

1964-06-21

Three civil rights workers, Michael H Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chane, disappeared after release from a Mississippi jail

1964-08-04

Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chaney, bodies discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam

1966-01-31

Belgian state police kills 2 striking mine workers

1966-06-14

Dutch police beat construction workers, 60 injured

1967-10-20

All white federal jury convicts 7 in murder of 3 civil rights workers in Meridan Mississippi

1968-04-19

Belgian construction workers strike

1968-07-01

Formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL-CIO.

1970-01-01

Neth Christian Workers Union (NCW) forms

1970-01-05

23,000 Belgian mine workers strike

1970-05-08

Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street

1970-06-28

Around 500 Catholic workers at the Harland and Wolff shipyard are forced to leave their work by Protestant employees as serious rioting continues in Belfast

1970-12-17

Poland: shipyard workers in Gdansk strike; soldiers in Gdynia fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.

1971-03-09

Three off-duty Scottish soldiers are killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army; 4000 shipyard workers take to the streets to demand internment in response

1971-03-12

Thousands of Belfast shipyard workers march demanding the introduction of Internment for members of the Irish Republican Army

1971-08-16

Over 8,000 workers go on strike in Derry, Northern Ireland, in protest at the introduction of Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial)

1972-05-17

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fires on workers leaving the Mackies engineering works in west Belfast (Although the factory was sited in a Catholic area it had an almost entirely Protestant workforce)

1974-05-15

Beginning of the Ulster Workers' Council strike called by Ulster loyalists and unionists who were against the Sunningdale Agreement, which proposed the sharing of political power with Irish nationalists

1976-03-03

5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

1977-04-23

Milt workers kill 300-500 students in Addis Ababa

1978-10-31

Iranian oil workers go on strike

1978-12-17

The Workers Party of Jamaica is founded by Trevor Munroe.

1979-03-17

The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers

1980-07-16

Polish railway workers block railway to Russia

1980-08-14

In Lenin Shipyard Gdansk Poland, 17,000 workers go on strike, beginning of the Solidarity movement

1981-03-19

2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident

1981-04-22

10,000 copper workers in Chile strike

1981-04-22

Almost 1 million West German metal workers in strike

1981-04-25

More than 100 workers are exposed to radiation during repairs of a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Japan.

1981-06-30

Zwelakhe Sisulu, President of the Black Media Workers Association of South Africa, is detained

1981-08-03

13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers ultimatum to workers: 'if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated'

1981-10-22

The founding congress of the Nepal Workers and Peasants Organisation faction led by Hareram Sharma and D.P. Singh begins.

1984-03-12

National Union of Mine Workers in Britain begins a 51 week strike

1985-03-03

National Union of Mine Workers in England end a 51 week strike

1985-08-20

Libya throws out 1000s Tunisian/Egyptian gas workers

1986-01-06

Impala Platinum fires 20,000 black mine workers in Johannesburg

1986-04-12

20,000 mine workers protest closing of Hasselt Belgium mines

1986-06-29

Moses Mayekiso, who was the General Secretary of the Metal and Allied Workers Union (MAWU) and became a member of the South African Communist Party (SACP), is detained for a second time and spends several months in solitary cofinement

1986-08-20

Postal worker Patrick Sherrill shot 14 fellow workers dead in Edmond, Oklahoma

1987-01-31

United Steel workers union ratified a concessionary with USX Corp

1987-02-01

163 day strike against Deere & Co ends, workers accept wage freeze

1987-04-23

28 construction workers killed in an apt collapse in Bridgeport, Ct

1989-02-28

Memo by Brian Gumbel criticizing Today Show co-workers becomes public

1990-07-23

South Africa workers' union leader Billy Nair arrested

1990-12-01

British & French workers meet in English Channel's tunnel (Chunnel)

1991-01-04

AT&T workers in Newark accidentally snap a cable

1991-04-17

Railroad workers go on strike in US

1991-08-20

The United Democratic Front, one of the most prominent anti-apartheid movements, comprising of over 400 workers', church, civic and student organisations, dissolves

1991-10-10

Ex-postal worker Joseph Harris kills 4 postal workers

1995-01-30

Workers from the National Institutes of Health announce the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease.

1996-12-30

Proposed budget cuts by Benjamin Netanyahu spark protests from 250,000 workers who shut down services across Israel.

1997-01-18

In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other.

1998-07-20

Two hundred aid workers from CARE International, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and other aid groups leave Afghanistan on orders of the Taliban.

1999-02-15

Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, widely recognized as terrorist organization), was arrested in Kenya.

2001-10-07

Crude oil resumes flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline after workers welded shut a bullet hole that caused 260,000 US gallons of oil to spill out

2004-02-18

Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Neyshabur in Iran when a run-away freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertiliser catches fire and explodes.

2005-01-06

Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers.

2005-03-23

A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery kills 15 workers.

2005-12-20

2005 New York City transit strike: New York City's Transport Workers Union Local 100 goes on strike, shutting down all New York City Subway and Bus services.

2006-03-21

Immigrant workers constructing the Burj Dubayy in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates and a new terminal of Dubai International Airport join together and riot, causing $1M in damage.

2011-04-01

After protests against the burning of the Quran turned violent, a mob attacked a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan and killed thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.

2012-04-03

Moscow fire kills 17 migrant workers

2012-08-16

South African police open fire on striking mine workers and kill at least 34 people

2012-09-16

8 police officers are killed by a roadside bombing by Kurdistan Workers' Party militants in Turkey

2012-10-05

Anglo Platinum Limited fires 12,000 striking workers in South Africa

2012-12-18

6 health workers dispensing polio vaccinations are gunned down in Pakistan

2016-04-14

40000 Verizon workers go on strike

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Workers - Notable Birthdays

Cesar ChavezMar 31, 1927

Workers - Birthdays
Date Event
1805-02-01

Auguste Blanqui, France, revolutionary (workers' leader)

1862-10-19

Auguste Lumière, made 1st movie (Workers Leaving Lumière Factory)

1866-05-26

John Eigenhuis, writer (Tough Workers)

1880-02-12

John Llewellyn Lewis, union leader (United Mine Workers, 1920-60)

1885-11-17

Henry de Man, Belgium, sociologist/chairman (Belgian Workers Party)

1889-05-15

Bessie Hillman, founder (Almalgamated Clothing Workers of America)

1903-08-19

Muriel Kirkland, Yonkers NY, actress (Fast Workers, Hold Your Man)

1904-12-01

W A "Tony" Boyle, United Mine Workers president

1909-05-10

Lord Collison, British union leader (agriculture workers)

1915-07-15

Ron Smith, union leader (British Postal Workers)

1915-07-27

Gus García, Los Trabajadores/The Workers

1915-11-05

Moe Biller, NYC, labor union officer (AFL-CIO, Postal Workers)

1921-05-13

Syd[ney G] Vincent, British mine workers leader

1927-03-31

Cesar Chavez, Yuma Az, farm labor leader (United Farm Workers)

1928-12-16

Michael Monroe, Migrant Workers

1929-12-28

Owen Bieber, United Auto Workers president

1939-10-11

Franklin A Sonn, union leader (South African workers)

1949-01-12

Vera Talaia, Workers

1952-11-17

M Cyril Ramaphosa, sec-gen of South African Mine Workers' Union

1969-01-10

Alessandro Bianchi, Workers - Pronti a tutto

1977-10-27

Jonathan Hernández, Workers

Workers - Notable Deaths

Cesar ChavezApr 22, 1993

Workers - Deaths
Date Event
1942-11-04

Josef Skrivan, Workers, Let's Go

1948-04-14

Walter P Reuther, Pres (United Auto Workers), shot at his home

1970-01-05

Joseph A Yablonski, candidate for United Mine Workers pres, murdered

1971-09-26

Muriel Kirkland, actress (Nana, Fast Workers), dies of emphysema at 68

1982-01-31

Ritchie Calder, Welfare of the Workers

1982-11-10

Elio Petri, Italian director (Workers Class), dies at 53

1987-08-10

I W Able, CEO (United Steel Workers of America, 1965-77), dies at 87

1991-03-26

Frans Dohmen, union leader (Neth Catholic Mine Workers), dies at 81

1993-04-22

Cesar Chavez, US farm worker (United Farm Workers), dies at 66

2010-04-30

Michael Monroe, Migrant Workers


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