Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

06/25/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/25/2019 08:20

Labor History

Today's Labor Quote: August Vincent Theodore Spies

'The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voice you are throttling today.'

Spies was one of the eight men framed and executed for the bombing at Haymarket Square on May 4, 1886; on today's date in 1893, more than 8,000 people attended the dedication ceremony for The Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Chicago, honoring the eight men. The quote above by Spies, recorded just before his execution, is inscribed on the base of the monument.

June 26 Members of the American Railway Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, refuse to handle Pullman cars, in solidarity with Pullman strikers. Two dozen strikers were killed over the course of the strike - 1894

The 189-mile-long St. Lawrence Seaway opens, making the Great Lakes accessible to Atlantic shipping. Thousands of laborers toiled for decades to make it happen; indirectly and directly, the Seaway today supports 75,000 jobs in Canada and 150,000 in the U.S. - 1959