You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
                                                      -Mother Jones

Thursday April 2, 1903
Huntington, West Virginia - Local Branch of the Socialist Party Established

Members of the railroad brotherhoods along with other trade union members have been circulating the Appeal to Reason among the workers of this town, thereby increasing the socialist following in Huntington. Socialist leaders in town include Fred Eskew, a paperhanger, and Dana Harper, a brickmason. The membership has now grown to a size and strength that can support the establishment of Local Branch office.

Working Class Radicals
The Socialist Party in West Virginia, 1898-1920

-by Frederick A Barkey
WV U Press, 2012

Wednesday April 2, 1913
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Fellow Worker Ben Fletcher Organizing for the MTW

Fellow Worker Ben Fletcher
IWW Organizer
Longshoreman,  Ben Fletcher, is hard at work these days organizing the dock workers of Philadelphia. Local 3 of the Marine Transport Workers is rapidly becoming one of the largest and most effective locals in Philadelphia. For many years, the employers have been able to pit workers against each other using race to keep them divided. But now that the I.W.W has arrived on the scene, all of the workers on the waterfront will be organized together into the One Big Union of all the workers.

History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol 4
The Industrial Workers of the World, 1905-1917

-by Philip S Foner
NY, 1965

Tuesday April 2, 2013
From Talking Union: Women Building the Nation Conference

A Conference Welcoming All Women in the Trades and Women in the Industry from Everywhere. The April 6-7 conference in Sacremento will be the third national all-craft tradeswomen conference held in the U.S. since 2001. Over 600 Tradeswomen broke the record for attendance in 2011. In 2012, 520 Tradeswomen attended, from 26 States and Canada as well as Namibia, Curacao and Switzerland. The official conference sponsors are the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO and the California Building Trades Council. In addition, several international unions are making donations to support the conference.

The conference is designed to give opportunities for networking, skill building, leadership development and organizing. Each year, tradeswomen, union leaders, apprenticeship coordinators, contractors, and politicians facilitate more than 30 workshops and plenary sessions.This national conference is being piggy-backed to the Women Building California conference, which is heading into its 12th year. That very successful conference brought together about 350 tradeswomen each year for two spirited and educational days of workshops and networking.

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"One Industrial Union Grand!"

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, and DKos Pennsylvania.

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