Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
January 31— Ida M. Fuller is the first retiree to receive an old-age monthly benefit check under the new Social Security law. She paid in $24.75 between 1937 and 1939 on an income of $2,484; her first check was for $22.54 – 1940
February 1— Led by 23-year-old Kate Mullaney, the Collar Laundry Union forms in Troy, N.Y., and raises earnings for female laundry workers from $2 to $14 a week – 1864
February 2— Legal secretary Iris Rivera fired for refusing to make coffee; secretaries across Chicago protest – 1977
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Labor Video: Building the Empire State Building
Great archival footage of Ironworkers building the Empire State Building. Click here to watch the video.