Today in Labor History – March 16th

Refusing to accept a 9-cent wage increase, the United Packinghouse Workers of America initiated a nationwide strike against meatpacking companies Swift, Armour, Cudahy, Wilson, Morrell, and others. Packinghouse workers shut down 140 plants around the country. – 1948

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) was formed in New York to represent New York City public school teachers and later, other education workers in the city. – 1960

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