More than 8,000 people attend the dedication ceremony for The Haymarket
Martyrs Monument in Chicago, honoring those framed and executed for the
bombing at Haymarket Square on May 4, 1886 - 1893
[Staley: The Fight for a New American Labor Movement: In
1993 the A.E. Staley corn processing plant in Decatur, Illinois locked out 762
unionized workers and demanded the right to contract out every job and
implement rotating 12-hour shifts. The workers rebelled, and this book does a
fine job of chronicling one of the most hard-fought struggles in recent labor
history. "One of the best accounts of a labor conflict ever written.
Essential reading," says Jeremy Brecher, author of Strike! In the UCS
Fair Labor Standards Act passes Congress, banning child labor and setting the 40-hour work week - 1938
At the urging of black labor and civil rights leader A. Philip
Randolph, Franklin Roosevelt issues an executive order barring
discrimination in defense industries - 1941
Congress passes the Smith-Connally War Labor Disputes Act over Pres.
Franklin Roosevelt’s veto. It allows the federal government to seize
and operate industries threatened by strikes that would interfere with
war production. It was hurriedly created after the third coal strike in
seven weeks - 1943
21 workers are killed when a fireworks factory near Hallett, Okla. explodes - 1985
Decatur, Ill. police pepper-gas workers at A.E. Staley plant gate
one year into the company's two and one-half year lockout of
Paperworkers Local 7837 - 1994
SOURCE: Union Communications Services, Inc.