Today in Labor History – December 2nd

labor history december 2

A Chicago “slugger”, paid $50 by labor unions for every scab he “discouraged”, described his job in an interview: “Oh, there ain’t nothing to it. I gets my fifty, then I goes out and finds the guy they wanna have slugged, then I gives it to ‘im”. – 1911

UAW members rejected an offer from Caterpillar, but their central bargaining committee ignored their vote and ended the strike. – 1995

Court documents filed in Boston said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had agreed to pay $40 million to 87,500 Massachusetts employees who claimed the retailer denied them rest and meal breaks, manipulated time cards and refused to pay overtime. – 2009


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