Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition; Labor Website; Labor Video

Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
January 04
Angered by increasing farm foreclosures, members of Iowa’s Farmers Holiday Association threaten to lynch banking representatives and law officials who institute foreclosure proceedings for the duration of the Great Depression – 1933

What many believe to be the longest strike in modern history, by Danish barbers’ assistants, ends after 33 years – 1961

2012.12.31-history-mike-quillEight thousand New York City social workers strike, demand better conditions for welfare recipients – 1965

Legendary Transport Workers Union leader Mike Quill, other TWU leaders are jailed for violating anti-strike court injunction in four-day-old New York City transit walkout involving 35,000 members. A settlement was reached January 13 – 1966

United Paperworkers International Union merges with Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers International Union to form Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical & Energy Workers International Union, itself later to merge with the Steelworkers – 1999

January 05
The nation’s first black labor convention was held in Washington, D.C., with 214 delegates forming the Colored National Labor Union – 1869

Ford Motor Company raises wages from $2.40 for a 9-hour day to $5 for an 8-hour day in effort to keep the unions out – 1914

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins. Ten of the 11 deaths on the job came when safety netting beneath the site—the first-ever use of such equipment—failed under the stress of a scaffold that had fallen. Nineteen other workers were saved by the net over the course of construction. They became members of the (informal) Halfway to Hell Club – 19332012.12.31-history-skilled-hands
(Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits: A Century of Building Trades History follows the history of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO from the emergence of building trades councils in the age of the skyscraper. It takes the reader through treacherous fights over jurisdiction as new building materials and methods of work evolved; and describes numerous Department campaigns to improve safety standards, work with contractors to promote unionized construction, and forge a sense of industrial unity among its fifteen [and at times nineteen] autonomous and highly diverse affiliates.)

2012.12.31-history-equalJanuary 06
The Toronto Trades and Labour Council endorses the principle of equal pay for equal work between men and women – 1882

Eight thousand workers strike at Youngstown Sheet & Tube. The following day the strikers’ wives and other family members join in the protest. Company guards use tear gas bombs and fire into the crowd; three strikers are killed, 25 wounded – 1916
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Cool Labor Site: Union Stats
Union Stats is an Internet data resource providing private and public sector labor union membership, coverage and density estimates compiled from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly household survey, using BLS methods. http://www.unionstats.com/2012.12.31-video-trumka-screengrab

Labor Video: Immigration Reform
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explains the federation’s stand on immigration reform. Click here to watch the video.

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