Today in Labor History – June 6th

labor history june 6

Lansing’s Labor Holiday

The US Employment Service was created. – 1933

A general strike by 12,000 auto workers and others in Lansing, Michigan shut down the city for a month in what was to become known as the city’s “Labor Holiday” The strike was precipitated by the arrest of nine workers, including the wife of the auto workers local union president whose arrest left three children in the couple’s home unattended. – 1937

Proposition 13 passed in California, allowing commercial property owners to maintain phenomenally low property tax rates and bleed the state of revenues for education and public services. – 1978

The Labor Party’s founding convention opened in Cleveland, Ohio. – 1996

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