Animators working for Walt Disney begin what was to become a successful
five-week strike for recognition of their union, the Screen Cartoonists'
Guild. The animated feature "Dumbo" was being created at the time and,
according to Wikipedia, a number of strikers are caricatured in the
feature as clowns who go to "hit the big boss for a raise" - 1941
[Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions
tells the fascinating story of Hollywood animators, from the early days of
Betty Boop and Popeye to today’s world of Pixar. Author Tom Sito describes
fighting for unionism during the era of virulent anti-Communism in Hollywood,
in which if an artist stood up against management he or she was labeled a Red.
And he talks about the present day, in which big business is – no surprise here
– sending work offshore to artists’ sweatshops. In the UCS bookstore now.]
A contract between the United Mine Workers and the U.S. government
establishes one of the nation's first union medical and pension plans,
the multi-employer UMWA Welfare and Retirement Fund - 1946
The United Farm Workers of America reaches agreement with Bruce
Church Inc. on a contract for 450 lettuce harvesters, ending a
17-year-long boycott. The pact raised wages, provided company-paid
health benefits to workers and their families, created a seniority
system to deal with seasonal layoffs and recalls, and established a
pesticide monitoring system - 1996
SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.