Monday, July 02, 2012

Today in Labor History

July 02

The first Wal-Mart store opens in Rogers, Ark. By 2012 the company had 8,500 stores in 15 countries, under 55 different names, employing more than 2 million people. It is known in the U.S. and most of the other countries in which it operates for low wages and extreme anti-unionism - 1962
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President Johnson signs Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, forbidding employers and unions from discriminating on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, or religion - 1964

The Labor Dept. reports that U.S. employers cut 467,000 jobs over the prior month, driving the nation’s unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent - 2009

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