Today in Labor History – February 26th

Buffalo_Creek_Trestle_Wreckage

Wreckage of the Buffalo Creek Trestle

Congress okays the Contract Labor Law, designed to clamp down on “business agents” who contracted abroad for immigrant labor. One of the reasons unions supported the measure: employers were using foreign workers to fight against the growing U.S. labor movement, primarily by deploying immigrant labor to break strikes – 1885

Bethlehem Steel workers strike for union recognition, Bethlehem, Penn. – 1941

A coal slag heap doubling as a dam in West Virginia‚Äôs Buffalo Creek Valley collapsed, flooding the 17-mile long valley. 118 died, 5,000 were left homeless. The Pittston Coal Co. said it was “an Act of God.” – 1972

A 20-week strike by 70,000 Southern California supermarket workers ends, with both sides claiming victory – 2004

 

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