Today in Labor History: October 8
Thirty of the city’s 185 firefighters are injured battling the Great Chicago Fire, which burned for three days – 1871
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Member Tip: My Union, Everyone’s Benefits
Economists talk about a “union wage effect.” This is where the wages of unorganized workers are raised because of the standard established by the unionized workers in a particular locality or industry. Many laws that benefit everyone would not have been passed without the efforts of organized labor. The establishment of our Social Security system is probably the most important of these.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer