Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
November 14—Women’s Trade Union League founded, Boston – 1903
November 15—Founding convention of the Federation of Trades and Labor Unions is held in Pittsburgh. It urges enactment of employer liability, compulsory education, uniform apprenticeship and child and convict labor laws. Five years later it changes its name to the American Federation of Labor – 1881
November 16—The National Football League Players Association ends a 57-day strike that shortened the season to nine games. The players wanted, but failed to win until many years later, a higher share of gross team revenues – 1982
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Labor Video: Harvest of Shame
U.S. policy permits children to work long hours while risking their health in order to enrich the coffers of the tobacco industry. Click here to watch the video.