July 10: Sidney Hillman

Labor leader Sidney Hillman, head of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union and a key organizer of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), died of a heart attack at 59 on this date in 1946. Hillman was born in Lithuania and groomed to be a rabbi, but became a Jewish Bundist by age 16 and, after coming […]

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December 30: Rose Pesotta and the UAW Sit-Down Strike

The General Motors Sit-Down Strike began in Flint, Michigan on this date in 1936 under the auspices of the newly organized United Auto Workers. By remaining inside the factory rather than picketing outside, striking workers prevented strikebreakers from taking over production. Injunctions were issued, police raids occurred, but the workers, numbering about 2,000, maintained a […]

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