Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
May 29—A contract between the United Mine Workers and the U.S. government establishes one of the nation’s first union medical and pension plans, the multi-employer UMWA Welfare and Retirement Fund – 1946
May 30—The Ford Motor Company signs a “Technical Assistance” contract to produce cars in the Soviet Union, and Ford workers were sent to the Soviet Union to train the labor force in the use of its parts. Many American workers who made the trip, including Walter Reuther, a tool and die maker who later was to become the UAW’s president, returned home with a different view of the duties and privileges of the industrial laborer – 1929
May 31—Rose Will Monroe, popularly known as Rosie the Riveter, dies in Clarksville, Ind. During WWII she helped bring women into the labor force – 1997
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Labor Video: John L. Lewis Speaks
Legendary United Mine Workers President John L. Lewis testifies before Congress with full oratorical force following the 1947 Centralia, Ill., mine disaster that killed 111. Click here to watch the video.