Today in Labor History

Labor history is OUR history

October 26, 1825

ImageBegun in 1817, the Erie Canal – linking Lake Erie on the west to the Hudson River on the east – is completed.  The canal was dug from Albany to Buffalo, 4 feet deep and 40 feet wide.  Local laborers and Irish immigrants were primarily employed to build the canal, paid 80 cents per day for 10-12 hours of work; estimates are that over 1,000 workers died during the construction.

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