Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
January 30—Franklin Delano Roosevelt is born in Hyde Park, N.Y. He was elected president of the United States four times starting in 1933. His New Deal programs helped America survive the Great Depression. His legislative achievements included the creation of the National Labor Relations Act, which allows workers to organize unions, bargain collectively, and strike – 1882
January 31—Some 12,000 pecan shellers in San Antonio, Texas—mostly Latino women—walk off their jobs at 400 factories in what was to become a three-month strike against wage cuts. Strike leader Emma Tenayuca was eventually hounded out of the state – 1938
February 1—Some 25,000 Paterson, N.J., silk workers strike for 8-hour work day and improved working conditions. Eighteen hundred were arrested over the course of the six-month walkout, led by the Wobblies. They returned to work on their employers’ terms – 1913
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Labor Video: Workers’ Rights
You have rights! Youth for Human Rights International presents 30 powerful and emotional public service announcements promoting the human rights protected by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is Human Right #23 “Workers’ Rights.” Click here to watch the video.