April 30, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 2012. That was the day that updated National Labor Relations Board
rules regarding the formation of new unions went into effect. The rules cut down the time between when workers announced
they want to hold an election to form a union and when that election can
actually take place. The rule change was aimed at cutting down delaying tactics
used by employers to stop unionization.
April 29, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1899. That was the day that Idaho miners detonated 50 cases of
dynamite at the Bunker Hill & Sullivan Mine in Wardner. For nearly a decade Idaho miners and owners had been locked
in bitter battle in the Coeur d’Alene District. The mining companies fought against unionization.
April 28, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1965. That was the day that American Federation of Hosiery Workers
merged with Textile Workers Union of America. Hosiery workers had begun organizing as early as 1909. By 1923 the American Federation of Full Fashioned Hosiery
Workers, as the union was originally called, had affiliated with the American
Federation of Labor.
April 27, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1825. That was the day that saw what is widely considered the
first strike for the ten-hour work day. It happened in Boston. Journeymen carpenters had grown tired of being required to
work from sun up to sun down. They decided it was time to make a stand.
April 26, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1975. That was the day the AFL-CIO held a “Jobs Now” rally in
Washington, D.C. A painful recession had pushed unemployment in United States
to nine percent. Many workers across the nation thought that the Ford
administration was not doing enough to address the problems facing working
April 25, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1978. That was the day of an important victory for any woman in
the United States with a pension. The Supreme Court handed down its decision in a case known
as Los Angeles Water Department versus Manhart. Manhart and a group of current and past female employees at
the department had sued.
April 24, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1999. A headline from the Los Angeles Times declared, “Dock Crews
to Halt Work in Support of Death Row Inmate.” Up and down the west coast the ports stood silent. The International Longshoreman and Warehouseman’s Union had
called their members off the job for a one-day strike.
April 23, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1956. That was the day of the founding of the Canadian Labour
Congress. Today the Canadian Labour Congress is the largest labor
organization in Canada representing some 3.3 million workers. During the early 1950s, labor leaders in Canada were
becoming increasingly uneasy about the rising influence of big business in the
April 22, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1970. That was the first observation of Earth Day. Across the United States, millions took to the streets and
parks to demonstrate for clean air, water, a reduction in pollution and care
for nature and the environment.
April 21, 2016
On this day in Labor History the year was 1920. That was the day remembered in Butte, Montana as “Bloody
Wednesday” or the “Anaconda Road Massacre.” Butte was in the heart of copper mining country.