Today in Labor History – December 29th

labor history december 29

After years of intensive lobbying by organized labor, President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety & Health Act, creating the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the Department of Labor. Speaking for the bill, Representative William A. Steiger said, “In the last 25 years, more than 400,000 Americans were killed by work-related accidents and disease, and close to 50 million more suffered disabling injuries on the job”. – 1970

14,000 striking United Steelworkers from twelve Goodyear plants in ten states ended a twelve-week strike. The agreement included the closure of a Texas tire factory that employed 1,100 people, but also created a 1 billion dollar health care fund for retirees, a key issue during the strike. – 2006

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