Across the globe, May Day has its roots in the fight for the working class. This history is no different here in the United States.
In 1886, the labor movement in Chicago chose May 1st to strike for an eight hour work day. What began as a peaceful protest soon turned violent, and three days later at least eight people died after a clash between strikers and police officers in what will come to be known as the Haymarket Affair.
This moment sparked a historic growth in the labor movement throughout the country that we are still feeling the effects of today.
From AFSCME’s first UC worker strike in 1950, to the creation of Local 3299 in 1998, to the largest strike in UC history in 2018, we are committed to continuing the May Day legacy of fighting for the rights of our workers!
Join us in commemorating this day at events across California.
San Diego: Car Caravan at 11AM at Chicano Park