Today in Labor History – January 16th


The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect – 1883

Thousands of detainees – foreign-born radicals and “labor agitators” – arrested during the Palmer Raids win their right to meet with legal representation at deportation hearings.  U.S. Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer conducted the raids, stating that communism was “eating its way into the homes of the American workman” and that socialists were causing most of the country’s social problems.   – 1920

Former UAW President Leonard Woodcock dies in Ann Arbor, Mich. at age 89. He had succeeded Walter Reuther and led the union from 1970 to 1977 – 2001

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