Today in Labor History – May 20th

The first American public school was established in Dorchester, Massachusetts. – 1639

The Railway Labor Act was enacted in the wake of strikes and federal seizures of the railroads. The law guaranteed collective bargaining rights to railroad workers. – 1926

9,000 rubber workers went on strike in Akron, Ohio. – 1933

Steelworkers at Jones and Laughlin’s Aliquippa, Pennsylvania steel mill voted overwhelmingly for the Steel Workers Organizing Committee as their exclusive bargaining agent. It marked the first NLRB election in the steel industry and the company was forced to rehire employees it had fired, with back pay, and to recognize the union. – 1937

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