Today in Labor History – February 24th


U.S. Supreme Court upholds Oregon state restrictions on the working hours of women, justified as necessary to protect their health. A laundry owner was fined $10 for making a female employee work more than 10 hours in a single day – 1908

Women and children textile strikers beaten by Lawrence, Mass. police during a 63 day walkout protesting low wages and work speedups – 1912

A new Federal Child Labor law passed and was declared unconstitutional in 1924. A similar law passed two years earlier was declared unconstitutional in 1918 – 1919

The Supreme Court ruled that sit-down strikes were illegal – 1939

District 1199 Health Care Workers became the first U.S. labor union to oppose the war in Vietnam – 1965

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