Labor History in 2:00

March 17 - The Fight for the Eight Hour Day

March 17, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1890.  That was the day that the executive council of the American Federation of Labor decided that the Carpenters union should lead a national campaign for the eight-hour day. The cry “eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will!” had been on the lips of working people for more than twenty years.