Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
March 21—American Labor Union founded – 1853
March 22—The Grand Coulee Dam on Washington state’s Columbia River begins operation after a decade of construction. Eight thousand workers labored on the project; 77 died – 1941
March 23—Five days into the Post Office’s first mass work stoppage in 195 years, President Nixon declares a national emergency and orders 30,000 troops to New York City to break the strike. The troops didn’t have a clue how to sort and deliver mail: a settlement came a few days later – 1970
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Labor Video: Calling America
Are you tired of big banks and corporations cutting costs by using overseas call centers? The United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act of 2013 (House bill H.R. 2909 and Senate bill 1565) solves this problem by making sure that the people who answer your customer service calls let you know where they are located and give you the option to be transferred to a U.S. based representative. It also stops rewarding companies that ship jobs overseas with federal loans and grants. Click here to watch the video.