When the blueberry picking started, the company fired Federico Lopez on July 10 for asking for a wage raise, and workers went on strike on July 11 to get his job back.
On July 8, 1862, labor organizer and leading communist Ella Reeve "Mother" Bloor was born on Staten Island, N.Y.
Rose Will Monroe, who became famous as "Rosie the Riveter," died on May 31, 1997. During World War II, Monroe went to work in the aircraft industry as a riveter making parts for military airplanes.
On May 29, 1996, the United Farm Workers of America reached agreement on a contract for 450 lettuce harvesters, ending a 17-year-long boycott.
Songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," and "The Times, They Are a-Changin'" became powerful anthems of the social struggles and anti-war sentiment of Dylan's era.
It was today in 1979 when rock star Tom Petty filed for bankruptcy, thereby challenging his record label, MCA, and the practice of what some would call indentured servitude.
An activist, showman, and cultural icon, Ali was stripped of his title a few years later for refusing to fight in Vietnam.
On this day in 1830, the trial of nearly 350 agricultural workers began in England.
Residents of the working class neighborhood came out on their porches to watch the block-long procession. JD Thompson led the marchers in a lusty "Solidarity Forever." The third and final day of the Oklahoma Laborfest was underway!