Today in Labor History – October 6th

Boeing Co. machinists and supporters look on during a rally Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, outside a Boeing administration building in Seattle. The day hasn't been announced, but Boeing and the striking Machinists union have agreed to resume negotiations in hope of ending the strike, now over a month old The union is demanding better job security, Boeing says it needs flexibility. The strike has idled 27,000 workers, mostly in the Puget Sound region and also in Portland and Wichita. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The First National Conference of Trade Union Women was held on this date. – 1918

“The Jazz Singer”, this country’s first feature-length sound film, opened in New York City. Within three years, 22,000 theater jobs for musicians who accompanied silent films were lost, while only a few hundred jobs for musicians performing on soundtracks were created by the new technology. – 1927

1,700 female flight attendants won an 18-year, $37 million suit against United Airlines. They had been fired for getting married. – 1986

Thirty-two thousand machinists began what was to be a successful 69-day strike against the Boeing Company Click To Tweet featuring pay increases that averaged an estimated $19,200 in wages and benefits over four years and safeguarded against job cutbacks. – 1995

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