Today in Labor History – December 23rd

labor history december 23

Eugene V Debs

American Federation of Labor (AFL) officers were found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck’s Stove and Range Company in St Louis, Missouri, where the Metal Polishers were striking for a 9-hour day. – 1908

President Warren Harding issued a “Christmas amnesty”, freeing Eugene V. Debs and 23 other political prisoners who had been imprisoned for their opposition to World War I. – 1921

Construction workers topped out the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 1,368 feet, making it the tallest building in the world. – 1970

Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated, the nation’s largest employer, with 1.4 million “associates,” agreed to settle 63 wage and hour suits across the U.S. for a grand total of between $352 million and $640 million. It was accused of failure to pay overtime, requiring off-the-clock work, and failure to provide required meal and rest breaks. – 2008

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