Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
June 5—Thirty-five members of the Teamsters, concerned about the infiltration of organized crime in the union and other issues, meet in Cleveland to form Teamsters for a Democratic Union – 1976
June 6—A general strike by some 12,000 autoworkers and others in Lansing, Mich., shuts down the city for a month in what was to become known as the city’s “Labor Holiday.” The strike was precipitated by the arrest of nine workers, including the wife of the auto workers local union president: The arrest left three children in the couple’s home unattended – 1937
June 7—Militia sent to Cripple Creek, Colo., to suppress Western Federation of Miners strike – 1904
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Labor Video: “Negotiations” in Progress
When employees don’t have a seat at the table, management sets the rules—and they aren’t pretty. Watch this hilarious video in which management bargains with itself over YOUR pay and benefits. Click here to watch the video.