Labor History in 2:00
December 8 - NAFTA is Signed

December 8 - NAFTA is Signed

December 8, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1993. That was the day that President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law. The stated aim of NAFTA was to increase trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada. 

December 7 - The Bonus Army

December 7 - The Bonus Army

December 7, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1931.  That was the day that protesters staged a hunger march on Washington, D.C.  1,600 protesters took part in the march.  

December 6 - Driving Toward Change

December 6 - Driving Toward Change

December 6, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1897. London became the world’s first city to license motorized taxicabs. More than a century later, cab service has seen many changes. Today taxi drivers are an important sector of workers trying to win union recognition.  

December 5 - The AFL and CIO Merge

December 5 - The AFL and CIO Merge

December 5, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1955. That was the day the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to become the AFL-CIO.  The American Federation of Labor was a confederation of unions can that trace its history all the way back to just after the Civil War, in 1866.  

December 4 - Solidarity in the Fields

December 4 - Solidarity in the Fields

December 4, 2019

Would you go to jail for justice for working people?  Over the years many in the labor movement have had to make that decision.  Such was the case for Cesar Chavez.  On this day in labor history the year was 1970. Chavez, the head of the United Farm Workers, was jailed for twenty days for refusing to end a lettuce boycott. 

December 3 - Dissenters Jailed

December 3 - Dissenters Jailed

December 3, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1916. That was the day that seven Australian members of the Industrial Workers of the World were sentenced to fifteen years in prison for their antiwar efforts during World War I. Other IWW members were sentenced to as many as five and ten years each.

 

 

 

December 2 - Caught, This Time

December 2 - Caught, This Time

December 2, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 2009.  That was the day that Wal-Mart agreed to pay $40 million to over 87,000 current and former employees in Massachusetts. This was the largest class action settlement in the state’s history. 

 

December 1 - Sitting to Start a Movement

December 1 - Sitting to Start a Movement

December 1, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1955. That was the day that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. With that action she helped to launch the Civil Rights Movement. 

November 30 - A Budget for the People

November 30 - A Budget for the People

November 30, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1909. That was day the British House of Lords rejected the “People’s Budget.”  The proposed budget plan was a product of the Liberal government headed by Prime Minister H.H. Asquith. This budget was championed by Chancellor of the Exchequer, David Lloyd George and the President of the Board of Trade, a young Winston Churchill.  

November 29 - A Powerful Voice for Women’s Rights is Born

November 29 - A Powerful Voice for Women’s Rights is Born

November 29, 2019

On this day in Labor History the year was 1832, American author, Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Alcott is most well known for her classic book Little Women and its two sequels. She also wrote a novel called Work: A Story of Experience.