Today in Labor History – December 20th

labor history december 20

 New York City transit strike

Delegates to the AFL convention in Salt Lake City endorsed a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote. – 1899

The first group of 15 Filipino plantation workers recruited by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association arrived in Hawaii. By 1932 more than 100,000 Filipinos were working in the fields. – 1906

John Steinbeck died on this date. He was most famous for novels written from the perspective of working men and women, the poor and downtrodden, including East of EdenGrapes of WrathOf Mice and MenTortilla Flats and Cannery Row. -1968

Thousands of workers began what was to be a two-day strike of the New York City transit system over retirement, pension and wage issues. The strike violated the state’s Taylor Law; TWU Local 100 President Roger Toussaint was jailed for ten days and the union was fined $2.5 million. – 2005

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