Today in Labor History – October 18th

today labor history october 18

The “Shoemakers of Boston” – the first labor organization in what would later become the United States – was authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. – 1648

New York City agrees to pay women school teachers a rate equal to that of men. – 1911

The IWW Colorado Mine strike occurred on this date. It was the first time all coal fields were out. – 1927

58,000 Chrysler Corporation workers struck for wage increases. – 1939

The United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA) was formed as a self-governing union, an outgrowth of the CIO’s Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee. UPWA merged with the Meat Cutters union in 1968, which merged with the Retail Clerks in 1979 to form the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). – 1943

GM agreed to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – 1983

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