Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
September 27—Twenty-nine west coast ports lock out 10,500 workers in response to what management says is a worker slowdown in the midst of negotiations on a new contract. The ports are closed for 10 days, reopen when President George W. Bush invokes the Taft-Hartley Act – 2002
September 28—The International Workingmen’s Association is founded in London. It was an international organization trying to unite a variety of different left-wing, socialist, communist and anarchist political groups and unions. It functioned for about 12 years, growing to a membership declared to be eight million, before being disbanded at its Philadelphia conference in 1876, victim of infighting brought on by the wide variety of members’ philosophies – 1864
September 29—A report by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that the average weekly take-home pay of a factory worker with three dependents is now $94.87 – 1962
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Labor Video: Union Members Broadcast NASCAR
Are you into NASCAR? Would you like to be paid to go to the races? Check out these IBEW brothers and sisters, working for Fox Sports, who are responsible for how television viewers hear the announcers and all the action on the track. They’ve won Emmys for their work. Click here to watch the video.