In 1906, in Biwabik's iron range, most iron was sent to steel mills to make steel for buildings, cars and railroads to build America.
Hi, my name is George and I'm a miner about to head to work.
This is where I spend most of my time (up to 14 hours a day).
The mine shafts were dark and dusty and could collapse at any given point.
After a day of hard work I get paid horrible, for all the hours I put in and risking my life for this terrible job.
Miners were paid by the amount of iron they produced and it was hard to find the good spots with everyone looking for them. (About $1.65 a day)
1907This was the first strike that had ever been attempted in mining history.
Today we are going to strike until they promise us better work conditions.
The mine owners needed business so they brought in replacements to keep the mines working and selling.
We got called in for mining jobs.
In 1916, there was a second major strike and resulted in minor improvements. In 1935, U.S Congress passed a law that made it easier to form unions and negotiate better pay and conditions. Then in 1943, 35 years after first strike, they finally made an agreement with the mining companies for the better.
We were forced to go back to work because we weren't getting paid and they weren't giving in to our strike.