1880s5 September 1882 (United States)
Thirty thousand workers marched in the first Labor Day parade in New York City.
The Trades and Labour Congress of Canada (TLC), a Canada-wide central federation of trade unions was formed.
1884 (United States)
The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, forerunner of the American Federation of Labor, passed a resolution stating that "8 hours shall constitute a legal day's work from and after May 1, 1886."
1885 (United States)
Ten coal-mining activists ("Molly Maguires") were hanged in Pennsylvania.
March 1886 (United States)
The Great Southwest Railroad Strike of 1886 was a labor union strike against the Union Pacific and Missouri Pacific railroads involving more than 200,000 workers.
1 May 1886 (United States)
Workers protested in the streets to demand the universal adoption of the eight hour day. Hundreds of thousands of American workers had joined the Knights of Labor.