Today in Labor History – October 13th

Teddy Roosevelt threatened to send in federal troops as strikebreakers to crush a coal strike. – 1902

In what was either its first and only principled stand or just one of its first of many expressions of economic nationalism, the AFL voted to boycott all German-made products in protest of Nazi antagonism to organized labor within Germany. Click To Tweet – 1934

More than 1,100 office workers went on strike at Columbia University in New York City. The mostly female and minority workers struck over wages, health benefits and what their union leaders called pay inequities for women and nonwhite employees. – 1985

Hundreds of San Jose “Mercury News” newspaper carriers ended their 4-day walkout with victory. – 2000

Home care workers finally got protections they should have had years ago. After a U.S. Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a Department of Labor Home Care Final Rule to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to almost 2 million home care workers, the ruling is effective as of today. – 2015

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