Nevada Labor History
is a largely untold story. You can change all that by helping tell the
tale and writing a couple of chapters yourself.
here for a history of the union label.)
this date in 1864,
mine owner and Nevada governor James Nye requested and received
two companies of U.S. Army cavalry troops from Fort Churchill to break
a miners labor union in Virginia City. (Courtesy
of veteran Nevadian journalist/historian Dennis
Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac © 2016)
City Labor Day Parade 9-5-2016
of Labor Day in Nevada and elsewhere
LABOR AT THE 2016 LABOR DAY PARADE
workers again march through historic Virginia City to celebrate the
value of work on Labor Day
Northern Nevada Central Labor Council: Labor Day stands
for much more than selling sofas
7, 2015Ceremony in Dayton, Nev., honored former slave and Union
Army Civil War Soldier Pvt. Scott Carnal, 79th U.S. Colored Infantry,
died 7 June 1917, buried at Dayton Cemetery
Lady in the Red Dress
The Barbwire's classic Nevada Day column
written in 1983
The compleat history of the Silver State in 500
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Tribune 10-31-2013 and previously
Miners at the Stray
Dog Mine, Manhattan (Nye County) Photo courtesy of Nevada Historical
trade union movement in the west was born in Virginia City in the days
of the Comstock Lode during the Civil War.
The gold and silver rush also gave birth to the
oldest continually operating labor organization in Nevada, the Washoe
Typographical Union, now part of Communications
Workers of America Local 9413, which counts the editor of this site
among its members.
The original 1863 charter was destroyed by the Great
Virginia City Fire of 1875 and replaced in 1876.
CWA 9413 proudly maintains that charter and the
venerable union's individual identity.
here to view a photo of the 1876 charter.
NevadaLabor.com proudly follows in the deep tracks
of printers ink left by the likes of Sam Clemens, Dan deQuille, Lucius
Beebe, Charles Clegg and their fellow immortals of the Territorial
Enterprise and her illustrious sisters such as the Gold Hill
Their direct descendants work in the state
printing plant in Carson City. Nevada law still mandates that the
Silver State's printery must be a union shop signatory with the Washoe
All submissions to the Nevada Labor History pages
will be welcome, but only the best will be published.
Photos, illustrations, publications, memories and
diaries are all important. Material submitted digitally will enjoy an
edge, but careful research and well-crafted writing will always prevail.
I've added a link to the North West Labour History
Group. "The Industrial Revolution transformed first Lancashire,
then Britain and then the world," they state.
Just as their area gave birth to the movement,
Nevada spawned trade unionism throughout the American wild, wild west.
In that respect, we share history.
The rich story of labor in Nevada has been all but
neglected and we intend to change that.
We've already got a couple of contributions by noted
Nevada historians Phil Earl and Guy Rocha, so let's get at it.
As usual, if you don't do the work, it just won't
Be well. Raise hell.
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Reno, NV 89510
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selected historical excerpts from Poor Denny's Almanac beginning with
the 8-11-2004 installment.
Keziah Clapp builds the Nevada Capitol Iron Fence and other pioneering
nice Labor Day story
The labor films former
actor and union president Ronald Reagan didn't want you to ever
Painters Union volunteers renovate historic Comstock Lode site
artists of preservation
- Back row, left to right, John Loughan with his arm around his
sister; James Ayers, Nathan Sabin, Sandra MacDonald, Jack Carson,
Terry Patterson and Juan Velez. Kneeling, left to right, Gwen Sicuro
and Journeyman Mo Hursh. Not pictured: Journeymen Marty McGuire
and John Glenn; apprentices Cain Passi and Erin Duhr.
Virginia City's Fourth Ward School gets a facelift
- Apprentices and journeymen from Painters and Allied Trades Local 567
renovated Virginia City's historic Fourth Ward School in the fall of 1997.
Union members also performed the work the previous time the building was
painted in 1986.
"We are once again pleased and proud that our
apprentices have the opportunity to begin their careers on such an important
project," Local 567 business manager Todd Koch said when the work
"Many of those who worked on the Fourth Ward
School 11 years ago are still practicing their trade in northern Nevada,"
About 15 journeymen and apprentices participated in
the project over four weekends. The south and east faces of the site had
been subjected to extensive weathering over the years.
Labor and materials totaling $40,000 were donated
by the union and various suppliers. Fuller Color Center donated the paint
with additional safety equipment and painting supplies coming from Lindell's
Painting Service. Both companies are Reno-based. Brand Scaffold Rental
and Erection of Concord, Calif., partially donated scaffolding, safety
harnesses and related supplies. Remaining costs were covered by the Nevada
Commission on Cultural Affairs and the National Parks Grant Program. This
phase was part of a $135,000 exterior restoration program.
Fourth Ward School,
Virginia City, after restoration
spruce up Reno's historic Lake Mansion
Painters and Allied Trades Local 567 celebrates
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