Today in Labor History – December 27th

labor history december 27

FDR

A steelworkers strike occurred in Ohio in which workers were demanding the 8-hour day and an increase in wages. The strike ended quickly in their favor because the government needed steel for armaments. – 1916

President Roosevelt seized the railroads to avert a nationwide strike. His decision to temporarily place the railroads under the “supervision” of the War Department prompted the five railroad brotherhoods to agree to his offer to arbitrate the wage dispute. – 1943

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