Today in Labor History – September 29th


Three members of the United Mine Workers of America were shot to death by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan. The RCMP had fired into a miners’ parade. During the course of the strike, 400 miners and their families clashed with police – 1931

A report by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that the average weekly take-home pay of a factory worker with three dependents is now $94.87 – 1962

– bloggers note – While I could not find an average factory workers salary (we don’t have that many left) I looked at the labor departments average for a full time wage and salary worker during the second quarter of 2013. It shows an average of $776 per week. Adjusted for inflation $94.87 in 1962 is equal to 726.07 today. In essence, wages have remained fairly flat for over 40 years. (Website used for the dollar conversion for my calculations)

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  1. Little known fact: September 29, 1942 if I am not wrong, first “guest workers” in the Bracero Program arrive in the United States, in Stockton, California. The bracero program extended for years until 1964 when most braceros were deported. Ten percent of their wages were retained during all those years, on the promise to give it back at the endo of the program as “retirement savings”. Up to this day, the money is still lost…

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