Welcome to the Pennsylvania Labor History Society Website
Founded in 1973, the Pennsylvania Labor History Society (PLHS) focuses on documenting and commemorating the history of workingwomen and workingmen and their labor struggles in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PLHS members are volunteers, including steelworkers, coal miners, postal workers, schoolteachers, social workers, factory operators, office workers, textile workers, hotel and motel workers, and students, all of whom share a love of labor history.
The PLHS 2018 Annual Banquet was held at the Letter Carrier’s Hall, 841 California Avenue, in Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, September 21, 2018. We were proud to recognize the following labor activists for their lifelong interest in preserving the history of working men and women and their commitment to advancing the interests of working...Read More »
The 2018 PLHS Conference was held September 22, 2018 at Community College of Allegheny College -Pittsburgh Campus. This year’s program was entitled ‘Vietnam: A Working Class War’ and featured panel discussions and presentations regarding Vietnam War activism and related topics. The goal of this program was to provide an opportunity...Read More »
During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Pennsylvania was recognized as a national industrial leader. Dominant industries included Iron and Steel, Coal, Coke, Textiles, Garment, Lumber and Railroads. Immigrant workers comprised a large percentage of the Commonwealth’s industrial workforce as had slaves and indentured servants in an earlier era. While its...Read More »