Today in Labor History – March 19th

Fifth Avenue Coach

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Adamson Act, a federal law that established an 8-hour workday, with overtime pay, for interstate railway workers. Congress passed the law in 1916 to avert a nationwide rail strike. – 1917

During the Great Depression, 1,100 men standing in a breadline in New York City seized two truckloads of bread and rolls as they were being delivered to a nearby hotel. – 1930

In an effort to block massive layoffs and end a strike, New York City moved to condemn and seize Fifth Avenue Coach, the largest privately owned bus company in the world. – 1962

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