This Week in Labor History: 1/21 – 1/27

Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farmworker strike in California – 1826

Birth of Terence V. Powderly, leader of the Knights of Labor – 1849

The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio, with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National Progressive Miners Union – 1890

Five hundred New York City tenants battle police to prevent evictions – 1932