Today in Labor History

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April 21, 1894


Bituminous coal miners across the country go on strike over wage cuts. The nationwide strike – met with violence from scabs, company security, sheriff’s deputies, and the National Guard – ended in eight weeks and severely weakened the United Mine Workers of America, which had been founded just four years earlier. [Image: Pinkerton agents, hired by the Walston Mines, arriving to break the strike.]


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