Today in Labor History: October 15
Pres. Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act — often referred to as “Labor’s Magna Carta” — establishing that unions are not “conspiracies” under the law. It for the first time freed unions to strike, picket and boycott employers. In the years that followed, however, numerous state measures and negative court interpretations weakened the law – 1914
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Labor Quote: Eating Retirement
“This is my pension.”
– Victor Victorio, 67, while foraging for fruits and vegetables in the garbage at a market in Madrid, Spain, a country in which unemployment stands at 25 percent — 50 percent among young people — and social safety net programs have been decimated by government austerity measures. As quoted in the New York Times Sept. 25, 2012.
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Labor Quiz: Why Was Debs Jailed?
This Week’s Quiz: Eugene V. Debs ran for president from a jail cell in 1920 and got a million votes; why was he jailed? For leading a strike against the Pullman Palace Car Company; for being a Socialist; for urging resistance to the World War I military draft. Click here and you could be next week’s winner!
Last Week’s Quiz: A “scab herder” is someone who accompanies scabs into a struck workplace. Congrats to Sandy Thompson of UFCW Local 23, Canonsburg, PA, this week’s quiz winner!