Today in Labor History – March 3rd

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William Green

William Green was born on this date in Coshocton, Ohio. He was a coal miner who succeeded Samuel Gompers as president of the American Federation of Labor, serving in the role from 1924 to 1952. He held the post until his death, to be succeeded by George Meany. – 1873

The local lumber workers’ union in Humboldt County, California founded the Union Labor Hospital Association, which established a hospital and community center for the county’s union workers. – 1906

The Davis-Bacon Act took effect on this date. It required contractors on federally financed or assisted construction projects to pay wage rates equal to those prevailing in local construction trades. – 1931

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