Today in Labor History – June 18th

A Phillip Randolph

The American Federation of Teachers issued a charter to the St. Paul Federation of Women Teachers Local 28. One year later, they issued a charter to the men’s teachers’ local. Both locals participated in the first organized teachers’ strike in the nation in 1946. – 1918

Union leader A. Philip Randolph met with President Franklin Roosevelt about a demonstration being organized for July 1 to protest discrimination in the military and defense industries. Randolph told the president that 100,000 people were planning to march on Washington, D.C. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802: “There shall be no discrimination in the employment of workers in defense industries or government because of race, creed, color, or national origin.” – 1941

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