Today in Labor History: August 07
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Wobblie organizer, born – 1890
Eugene Debs and three other trade unionists arrested after Pullman Strike – 1894
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Actors Equity is recognized by producers after stagehands honor their picket lines, shutting down almost every professional stage production in the country. Before unionizing, it was common practice for actors to pay for their own costumes, rehearse long hours without pay, and be fired without notice – 1919
United Slate, Tile & Composition Roofers, Damp & Waterproof Workers Association change name to Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers – 1978
Some 675,000 employees struck ATT Corp. over wages, job security, pension plan changes and better health insurance. It was the last time CWA negotiated at one table for all its Bell System members: divestiture came a few months later. The strike was won after 22 days – 1983
Television writers, members of The Writers Guild of America, end a 22-week strike with a compromise settlement – 1988
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UCS Labor News Service: AFGE, TSA Agree to Historic Contract for 45,000
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) announced August 2 that it had reached agreement with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on the first-ever labor contract at the agency. Click here for more information on how to subscribe to the UCS Labor News Service.
Labor Cartoon: Tough at the Top
From the UCS Labor Graphics Service: eight to ten top-quality, union-oriented art and graphics tools every week (like this Bob Vojtko cartoon, at left), delivered via email.