Today in Labor History
Today in labor history, July 8, 1867: In response to the 1865 eight-hour day mandate for city employees, employers in San Francisco form the Ten-Hour Association. The association created the Ten-Hour League Society, whose goal was to unite all workers “willing to work at the old rates, neither unjust to the laborers nor ruinous to the capital and enterprise of the city and state, together with all Master Builders and Master Workmen and Capitalists injured by the Eight-Hour rule.” Their efforts failed and in 1868 a statewide eight-hour day law was passed.

Today in labor history, July 8, 1867: In response to the 1865 eight-hour day mandate for city employees, employers in San Francisco form the Ten-Hour Association. The association created the Ten-Hour League Society, whose goal was to unite all workers “willing to work at the old rates, neither unjust to the laborers nor ruinous to the capital and enterprise of the city and state, together with all Master Builders and Master Workmen and Capitalists injured by the Eight-Hour rule.” Their efforts failed and in 1868 a statewide eight-hour day law was passed.

Today in labor history, July 5, 1934: 5,000 workers fight 1,000 police, scabs, and National Guard troops as employers try to break the longshore strike in San Francisco. Two strikers were killed, 109 people injured. The incident, known as “Bloody Thursday,” led to a general strike. The longshore strike was eventually arbitrated and the workers won their major demands.

Today in labor history, July 5, 1934: 5,000 workers fight 1,000 police, scabs, and National Guard troops as employers try to break the longshore strike in San Francisco. Two strikers were killed, 109 people injured. The incident, known as “Bloody Thursday,” led to a general strike. The longshore strike was eventually arbitrated and the workers won their major demands.

Today in labor history, May 7, 1907: Two die and twenty are injured on “Bloody Tuesday” in San Francisco when company strikebreakers open fire on striking streetcar operators. Over the course of the strike, two dozen people died in accidents on the system while it was run by scab labor and an estimated 900+ others were injured.

Today in labor history, May 7, 1907: Two die and twenty are injured on “Bloody Tuesday” in San Francisco when company strikebreakers open fire on striking streetcar operators. Over the course of the strike, two dozen people died in accidents on the system while it was run by scab labor and an estimated 900+ others were injured.

   Today in labor history, February 23, 2004:  San Francisco’s minimum wage increase goes into effect, bringing the hourly rate to $8.50 from $6.75.  In 2003, voters approved a local ordinance tying the minimum wage to the regional rate of inflation.  The minimum wage in San Francisco is the highest in the nation, currently at $10.55 an hour. 

Today in labor history, February 23, 2004:  San Francisco’s minimum wage increase goes into effect, bringing the hourly rate to $8.50 from $6.75.  In 2003, voters approved a local ordinance tying the minimum wage to the regional rate of inflation.  The minimum wage in San Francisco is the highest in the nation, currently at $10.55 an hour. 

Today in labor history, July 22, 1887:  Brewers and brewery workers in San Francisco sign their first collective bargaining agreement, bringing to a close a strike and successful boycott which had lasted several months.  The agreement included a closed shop, sick leave, a 10-hour day, minimum wages, overtime pay, and “free beer in moderation while at work.”  

Today in labor history, July 22, 1887:  Brewers and brewery workers in San Francisco sign their first collective bargaining agreement, bringing to a close a strike and successful boycott which had lasted several months.  The agreement included a closed shop, sick leave, a 10-hour day, minimum wages, overtime pay, and “free beer in moderation while at work.”  

Today in labor history, July 16, 1934:  After the brutality of “Bloody Thursday” (see July 5), the Joint Marine Strike Committee calls for a general strike.  The San Francisco Labor Council voted to support the call and on July 16, the city shut down as workers from all industries walked off the job.  The four-day San Francisco General Strike ended with an agreement on arbitration in which most of the striking longshoremen’s demands were met.  

Today in labor history, July 16, 1934:  After the brutality of “Bloody Thursday” (see July 5), the Joint Marine Strike Committee calls for a general strike.  The San Francisco Labor Council voted to support the call and on July 16, the city shut down as workers from all industries walked off the job.  The four-day San Francisco General Strike ended with an agreement on arbitration in which most of the striking longshoremen’s demands were met.  

Today in labor history, July 5, 1934:  5,000 workers fight 1,000 police, scabs, and National Guard troops as employers try to break the longshore strike in San Francisco.  Two strikers were killed, 109 people injured.  The incident, known as “Bloody Thursday,” led to a general strike.  The longshore strike was eventually arbitrated and the workers won their major demands.

Today in labor history, July 5, 1934:  5,000 workers fight 1,000 police, scabs, and National Guard troops as employers try to break the longshore strike in San Francisco.  Two strikers were killed, 109 people injured.  The incident, known as “Bloody Thursday,” led to a general strike.  The longshore strike was eventually arbitrated and the workers won their major demands.

Today in labor history, June 8, 1852:  The first known labor strike in San Francisco occurs when Chinese laborers working on the Parrott building demand a wage increase. 

Today in labor history, June 8, 1852:  The first known labor strike in San Francisco occurs when Chinese laborers working on the Parrott building demand a wage increase. 

Today in labor history, May 7, 1907:  Two die and twenty are injured on “Bloody Tuesday” in San Francisco when the company’s strikebreakers open fire on striking streetcar operators.  Over the course of the strike, two dozen people died in accidents on the system while it was run by scab labor and an estimated 900+ others were injured. 

Today in labor history, May 7, 1907:  Two die and twenty are injured on “Bloody Tuesday” in San Francisco when the company’s strikebreakers open fire on striking streetcar operators.  Over the course of the strike, two dozen people died in accidents on the system while it was run by scab labor and an estimated 900+ others were injured.