Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Today in Labor History

Today in #LaborHistory: Aug 22 -via- 'Rip & Ron'

179 protesters were arrested at an anti-nuclear power rally at Seabrook, NH; just 40 miles from center city Boston. - 1976

" Eight months later, over 2,000 Clamshell protesters occupied the construction site. 1,414 were arrested and held in jails and National Guard armories for up to two weeks after refusing bail." - from

"Norma Koski, 53, of Deerfield, recalled that she had turned 18 years old just days before the Aug. 22 arrest of supporters of the Clamshell Alliance, the group founded in 1976 to halt nuclear power plant development in Seabrook and around New England." - from
August 22

Five flight attendants form the Air Line Stewardesses Association, the first labor union representing flight attendants. They were reacting to an industry in which women were forced to retire at the age of 32, remain single, and adhere to strict weight, height and appearance requirements. The association later became the Association of Flight Attendants, now a division of the Communications Workers of America - 1945

International Broom & Whisk Makers Union disbanded - 1963

Joyce Miller, a vice president of the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers, becomes first female member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council - 1980

International Longshore & Warehouse Union granted a charter by the AFL-CIO - 1988

August 21
Slave revolt led by Nat Turner begins in Southampton County, Va. - 1831

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