Today in Labor History – December 23rd

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AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck’s Stove and Range Co. in St Louis, MO where the Metal Polishers were striking for a 9-hour day – 1908

President Warren Harding issued a “Christmas amnesty,” freeing Eugene V. Debs and 23 other political prisoners who had been imprisoned for their opposition to World War I – 1921

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation’s largest employer, with 1.4 million “associates,” agrees to settle 63 wage and hour suitsacross the U.S., for a grand total of between $352 million and $640 million. It was accused of failure to pay overtime, requiring off-the-clock work, and failure to provide required meal and rest breaks – 2008

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