Today in History
22 September 2010
September 22, 1912 - The motion picture operators at the Elite Theater, Lyndale and Lake Streets in Minneapolis, went on strike for better wages.
September 22, 1919 - Nearly 400,000 steelworkers in 50 cities went on strike to protest intolerable working conditions. The Great Steel Strike of 1919 was one of the seminal events in American history. If the steel industry could be unionized, William Z. Foster and other strike leaders reasoned, it would lead to unionization on a mass scale. Corporations, drawing on the power of federal troops, crushed the strike after 3 ½ months. Twenty-two people were killed, including Fanny Sellins, an organizer for the United Mine Workers.