Today in Labor History: February 19
A few weeks after workers ask for a 25¢ hourly wage, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit (streetcar) Co. fires 173 union members “for the good of the service” and brings in replacements from New York City. Striker-scab battles and a general strike ensued – 1910
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Member Tip: Labor’s International Connections
The first president of the AFL, Samuel Gompers, worked hard in the aftermath of World War I to establish the International Labor Organization (ILO). This organization, now a specialized international agency of the United Nations, has a tripartite structure, meaning equal representation from governments, employers, and worker organizations. It seeks to open up a “social dialog” to deal with international problems directly affecting workers and to evaluate the standards for workers around the world.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer