Today in Labor History – September 1st

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Walter Reuther

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers was founded at a meeting in Chicago. This brought together the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Ship Builders, which had been organized on October 1, 1880, and the National Brotherhood of Boilermakers, which had been formed in Atlanta, Georgia, in May 1888. Its headquarters are in Kansas City, Kansas. – 1893

Congress declared the first Monday in September Labor Day, a national holiday. The day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. Beginning in the last 19th century, as the trade and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887 Oregon was the first state on the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day. – 1894

Some 30,000 women from 26 different trades marched in Chicago’s Labor Day parade. – 1903

Walter Reuther was born. Reuther was president of the United Auto Workers from 1946 until his death in 1970 under suspicious circumstances. He was also president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) prior to its merger with the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Reuther was a supporter of political action and once said “There’s a direct relationship between the bread box and the ballot box, and what the union fights for and wins at the bargaining table can be taken away in the legislative halls.” – 1907

A 3-week strike in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, part of a national movement to obtain a minimum wage for textile workers, resulted in the deaths of three workers. Ultimately more than 420,000 workers struck nationally. – 1934

In Hawaii, some 26,000 sugar workers represented by the Longshoremen’s union begin what was to become a successful 79-day strike that shut down 33 of the 34 sugar plantations on the islands and cost growers over $15 million. The strike brought an end to Hawaii’s paternalistic labor relations and impacted political and social institutions throughout the then-territory – 1946

The International Metal Engravers & Marking Device Workers Union changed its name to International Association of Machinists. – 1956

Some 20,000 Pennsylvania Railroad shop workers effectively halted operations in 13 states for 12 days. It was the first shutdown in the company’s 114-year history. – 1960

The Boot Shoe Workers’ Union merged with the Retail Clerks International Union. – 1977

The Journeymen Barbers, Hairdressers and Cosmetologists’ International Union of America merged with the United Food & Commercial Workers. – 1980

The Glass Bottle Blowers’ Association of the United States & Canada merged with the International Brotherhood of Pottery & Allied Workers to become The Glass, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union. – 1982

The Aluminum, Brick & Clay Workers International Union merged with the United Glass & Ceramic Workers of North America to form the International Union of Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers. – 1982

The Brotherhood of Railway, Airline & Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express & Station Employees changed its name to the Transportation-Communications Union. – 1987

The Coopers International Union of North America merged with the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union. – 1992

The federal minimum wage was increased to $5.15 per hour. – 1997

The AFL-CIO creates Working America, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization designed to build alliances among non-union working people. – 2003

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  1. I was injured on the job while working for Schreiber Roofing Corporation. Verbally informed my General Foreman of my injury and he denied me a referral, three medical notes from doctors. There were several men in and around his office each time. , tried informing my Union OperatingsEngineers local 324 of this and they stated that it was upon the company and how they treat you , they then told me to inform my union representative at Ford Field Stadium. They worked me for two months until the President eventually got news and he immediately gave me a referral’ couldn’t even pick up a broom after they were done with me on light duty.Then on 01118/02 the company threw me off their proprety . , filed multiple charges against the company for the treatment’ received. Along with a charge against the company doctor to Sherry Cooper at the Attorney Generals office in regards to sending me back to work with a fully torn rotator cuff on light duty and then while working light duty my other arm tore and again she sent me back to work.
    Went to WIC Trial and the General foreman lied to the Judge. I informed my attorney several times about the witnesses and he assured me that we didn’t need them because he said I had filed on time my witnesses were never brought into trial and we lost the decission . My daughter and , went looking for other opinions and I was told that for some reason my attorney slacked off he asked me to ask my attorney to sign off then he would take the case well he refused .So then we procedded to appeal and the appeal was denied. At the EEOC mediation another attorney and I were offerred a thousand dollars from the President of the company then that attorney turned and looked at me and said come on Tom we’ll just take them to court. EEOC sent me a letter of a { right to sue } that attorney disappeared on me , when I finally found him he refused to talk to me . I contacted Senator Robert Basham in my State of Michigan and he informed me to find another attorney and follow through at a Federal level . I contacted Congressman John Dingell and he referred me to the Attorney Grievance Commission. Still no help from contacted Michigan Attorney’s. Right after my first surgery the nurses dropped me they pushed three people that were in the door way out of the way so that they could get more nurses to help lift me back on to the bed , the nurses never noted, I informed the surgeon all he said was not good and then I had to have another surgery to my left shoulder the surgeon marked down that my arm was infected I believe he was covering for the nurses but the MRl’s state different. Went looking for other opinions for injuries sustained and the University of Michigan surgeon ask me to ask my surgeon why didn’t he replace my rotator cuff area on the first surgery. Still all of the unpaid medical bills that aren’t covered by Social Security Disability come to me . I had four different attorneys at the same time handling different cases. There is several litigations .

    • these companys will ruin you till the end keep on trucking they try and starve you out, lose your home everything..you shall prevail ….

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