Today In Labor History – February 15th

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Susan B. Anthony, suffragist, abolitionist, labor activist, born in Adams, Mass. – 1820

 “The Uprising of the Twenty Thousand,” International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union Shirtwaist strike that began September 27 was declared officially over on this date by the ILGWU. By this date, 339 manufacturing firms had reached agreements with the union. 13 firms, including Triangle Shirtwaist Company did not settle. One of the demands of the demands had been for adequate fire escapes and for open doors to the streets for emergencies. In 1911, 146 girls and women were killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist fire – 1910

U.S. legislators pass the Civil Works Emergency Relief Act, providing funds for the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, which funneled money to states plagued by Depression-era poverty and unemployment, and oversaw the subsequent distribution and relief efforts – 1934

The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) expels the Mine, Mill & Smelter Workers; the Food, Tobacco & Agricultural Workers; and the United Office & Professional Workers for “Communist tendencies.” Other unions expelled for the same reason (dates uncertain): Fur and Leather Workers, the Farm Equipment Union, the International Longshoremen’s Union, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers – 1950

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