Today in Labor History – December 5th

labor history december 5

Unionists John T. and James B. McNamara were sentenced to 15 years and life, respectively, after confessing to dynamiting the Los Angeles Times building during a drive to unionize the metal trades in the city. Twenty people died in the bombing. The newspaper was strongly conservative and anti-union. – 1911

A wildcat strike occurred at the Dodge truck plant in Detroit, Michigan, one of many “illegal” wartime strikes. – 1944

The American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) merged into a single mega-union, the AFL-CIO, ending a 20-year schism in the American trade union movement. Membership is currently an estimated 15 million. – 1955

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney welcomed the collapse of World Trade Organization talks in Seattle, declaring “No deal is better than a bad deal”. – 1999

Wall Street bankers received a gift from the taxpayers of $1.2 trillion in secret loans (on top of the $700 billion in TARP funds they already received). – 2008

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