Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition
June 12—Major League Baseball strike begins, forces cancellation of 713 games. Most observers blamed team owners for the strike: they were trying to recover from a court decision favoring the players on free agency – 1981
June 13—Tony Mazzocchi born in Brooklyn, N.Y. An activist and officer in the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers union, he was a mentor to Karen Silkwood; a founder of the Labor Party, and a prime mover behind the 1970 passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act – 1926
June 14—The first commercial computer, UNIVAC I, is installed at the U.S. Census Bureau – 1951
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Labor Video: Just Desserts
Better be careful with what you say to the heavy equipment operator! As you can see from this clip, things didn’t work out so well for the boss. Click here to watch the video.