The Rise Of The Labor Unions in the country

  • Knights of Labor Founded.

    Uriah Stephens forms the Knights of Labor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was a secret society, the Knights were able to organize workers all over the United States of America under the laws of management.
  • Railway Strike of 1877

    A strike against the Baltimore and Ohio railroad ignites a series of strikes across the Northeast. The violences and disturbances that come result in a labor dispute.
  • Haymarket Riot

    A labor rally at the Haymarket Square in Chicago, Illinois, called in support for the eight-hour day, which erupts into chaos when an unknown party tosses a bomb at the police.
  • Gompers Founds AFL

    In the wake of the Haymarket incident, a labor organizer named Samuel Gompers sets up the American Federation of Labor (AFL).
  • Sherman Anti-Trust Act

    Congress passes the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Intended to block business monopolies it will be used effectively by employers against unions.
  • Homestead Strike

    A lockout at the Homestead Steel Works turns violent as 300 Pinkerton detectives hired by the company arrive at the mills by barge.
  • Anti-Labor Injuction

    A federal court issues the first injuction against a union under the Sherman Anti Trust Act.
  • Pullman Strike

    Union workers walk out of the factory of the Pullman Company in Pullman, Illinois.
  • IWW Founded

    Western Miners and other activists form the Industrial Workers of the world at a convention in Chicago.
  • ILGWU Strike

    The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) calls a strike in New York.
  • LA Times Bombing

    A bomb explodes at the headquarters of the stridently anti-union Los Angeles, California.
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

    A fire in lower Manhattan kills 146 women workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.
  • First State Minimum Wage Law

    Massachusetts adopts the first minimum wage law.
  • Federal Department of Labor Established

    The United States of Labor is established as a cabinet-level agency.
  • Ludlow Massacre

    Violence breaks out in a camp housing striking miners in Ludlow, Colorado.