Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition; Labor Video

Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition2014.10.20—history-flsa
October 24The 40-hour work week goes into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act, signed by President Roosevelt two years earlier – 1940
October 25In what becomes known as the Great Hawaiian Dock Strike, a 6-month struggle to win wage parity with mainland dock workers, ends in victory – 1949
October 26After eight years and at least 1,000 worker deaths—mostly Irish immigrants—the 350-mile Erie Canal opens, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Father John Raho wrote to his bishop that “so many die that there is hardly any time to give Extreme Unction to everybody. We run night and day to assist the sick.” – 1825
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2014.10.20—video-wrkr.rghtsLabor Video: Can You Hear Us?
Fast food workers employed by McDonald’s raise their voices for a living wage.  Click here to watch the video.