Wednesday, January 16, 2008

This Date in Arkansas Labor History

January 16, 1923. During strike against Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad that had tried to cut wages by 20 percent, a Citizens Committee vigilante mob of businessmen and hired gun thugs lynched railroad union member C. E. Gregor at Harrison; raided union hall and burned furniture in public square; publicly whipped George O'Neal for expressing sympathy with the strikers. No one ever arrested.

January 16, 1936. Deputy Sheriff Hood and other law officers break up meeting of Southern Tenant Farmers Union at St. Peter's Church in Crittenden County and shoot two members.

January 16, 2002. Six North Little Rock women filed a federal lawsuit accusing Koppers Industries of underreporting amount of toxic chemicals it releases, violating the Community Right-to-Know Act and the Clean Air Act.

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