Labor Rights Movement Timeline

  • Atlanta's Washerwomen Strike

    Atlanta's Washerwomen Strike
    This strike was led by African American washerwomen. This was a significant strike because it was one of the first and most successful labor protest. The Atlanta Washerwomen strike happened because the washerwomen wanted better working conditions, as well as better wages. They hoped for better treatment and wanted the attention of the community for support and action.
  • Samuel Gompers

    Samuel Gompers
    Samuel Gompers was an influential labor rights leader. He played a key role in fighting for workers rights and helping improve working conditions. One of his most influential events was when he helped the founding of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). This was meant to improve working conditions and the rights of workers. AFL focuses on organizing skill workers, advocating for better wage, and maintaining safe work conditions.
  • Homestead Strike

    Homestead Strike
    The homestead strike was a labor debate that took place in Pennsylvania. This strike was lead by the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel workers, which became a labor union. They fought for better working conditions, higher and better wages, and protects the rights of their workers. It was significant becayse it highlighted the tension between workers and employers during the Industrial Revolution.
  • The Battle of Cripple Creek

    The Battle of Cripple Creek
    This labor conflict took place in Cripple Creek, Colorado. This conflict was betweek the Western Federation of Miners (WFM) and the mine owners. The WFM fought for union recognition, better working conditions, and higher pay. They fought by doing protest, strikes, and even clashes between mine workers and mine owners. The outcome of this was the contribution to the establishment of workers rights in the mining industry.
  • Pressed Steel Car Strike

    Pressed Steel Car Strike
    The Pressed Steel Car strike was a battle between strikers, private security agents, and the Pennsylvania State Police. Over 300,000 steelworkers and 400,000 mine workers took part in the strike. It all started on July 10th when it was payday the workers recieved less pay than normal. Some workers told their employers they wouldnt come back to work until they got the pay they deserved, and eventually when they did come back 3 days later, they were all fired. 500,000 + went on strike after this.
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

    Triangle Shirtwaist Factory
    The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was a fire that took place in New York City. Clara Limlich was the first person to speak up and say they need to take action in fighting for what they deserve. Before they could do anything, workers were trapped in the factory and were burned. This event was very crucial to the labor rights movement because it opened many peoples eyes in how workers were being treated and their horrible working conditions.
  • Frances Perkins

    Frances Perkins
    Frances Perkins served as the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945. She played a crucial role in shaping labor and social welfare policies. Her most influential even was the creation of the New Deal. This was a series of programs and policies aimed to provide relief, recovery, and reform for Americans. This help establish social security, unemployment insurance, and labor reforms. Frances Perkins helped with workers rights, improving workplace safety, and many more contribution.
  • Nelson Hale Cruikshank

    Nelson Hale Cruikshank
    Nelson was an important person. He was a lawyer and a labor rights activit who fought for social justice. He was an expert on Social Security, and Medicare. His efforts were shown when they passed the Social Security Disability Insurance in 1956, which was a huge change in America.
  • Arthur Goldberg

    Arthur Goldberg
    Arthur made a significant impact on the movement through his work on Secretary of Labor as a Supreme Court Justice. During this time, he fought for workers rights, advocated for fair wages, and played a crucial rolein the passage of important labor legislation. An example of this was the Equal Pay Act of 1963. He also helped prevent a potential nuclear conflict and maintain peace between United States and the Soviet Union.
  • Dolores Huerta

    Dolores Huerta
    Working along side Cesar Chavez, Dolores was the co-founder of the United Farm Workers union. She fought for the rights of farmworkers, for better pay, and better working conditions. One of her most influential events was the Delano Grape Strike in 1965. This strike brought attention to poor working conditions and low wages of farmworkers. The strike also led to significant improvements in labor rights for agricultural workers.
  • "He showed us the way" by Cesar Chavez

    "He showed us the way" by Cesar Chavez
    Speech written by Cesar Chavez in honor of MLK. He emphasizes how important it is that we protest for what we want by using nonviolent methods. He also talks about the importance of workers rights, fair wages, and bettter working conditions for farm workers. This helped the labor rights movement by organizing boycotts, strikes, and marches to help bring attention to the harsh environment farm workers worked in.
  • Amazon Union by NPR

    Amazon Union by NPR
    The Amazon Union has been the latest labor rights movement. It refers to the efforts of Amazon employees to forming a labor union to fight for their rights. It has had a significant impact on the labor rights movement as it brought attention to the working conditions of employees in the economy. It also shed light to the treatment and started talking about workers rights, and fair pay. Someone who led the first union was Chris Smalls.