Today in Labor History: June 10
Unions legalized in Canada – 1872
The mayor of Monroe, Mich. organizes a vigilante mob of 1,400 armed with baseball bats and teargas to break the organizing picket line of 200 striking workers at Newton Steel. The line is broken; eight are injured and hospitalized. Sixteen workers’ cars were vandalized, five cars overturned, and eight more were dumped into the River Raisin (See this week’s chilling Labor Video [available only until June 16!] at www.unionist.com) – 1937
U.S. Supreme Court rules in Anderson v. Mt. Clemens Pottery Co. that preliminary work activities, where controlled by the employer and performed entirely for the employer’s benefit, are properly included as working time. The decision is known as the “portal to portal case” – 1946
President Kennedy signs a law mandating equal pay to women who are performing the same jobs as men (Equal Pay Act) – 1963
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