Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Today in Labor History

2014.06.23history-landmarksJune 25 - Union Communications Services, Inc.
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
(Inventory of American Labor Landmarks: The Haymarket Martyrs Monument is just one of the labor landmarks identified in this booklet.  Did you know there are labor memorials in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, and Vermont?  What about your state?  Buy this user-friendly guide and investigate our labor heritage!)
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 - 19412014.06.23history-fireworks-plant
Congress passes the Smith-Connally War Labor Disputes Act over President 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
A total of 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-a-half-year lockout of Paperworkers Local 7837 - 1994

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