Today in Labor History – December 5th

Los Angeles Times Bombing

Unionists John T. and James B. McNamara were sentenced to 15 years and life, respectively, after confessing to dynamiting the Los Angeles Times building during a drive to unionize the metal trades in the city. Twenty people died in the bombing. The newspaper was strongly conservative and anti-union. – 1911

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A wildcat strike occurred at the Dodge truck plant in Detroit, Michigan, one of many “illegal” wartime strikes. – 1944

The American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) merged into a single mega-union, the AFL-CIO, ending a 20-year schism in the American trade union movement. Membership is currently an estimated 15 million. – 1955

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney welcomed the collapse of World Trade Organization talks in Seattle, declaring “No deal is better than a bad deal”. – 1999

Wall Street bankers received a gift from the taxpayers of $1.2 trillion in secret loans (on top of the $700 billion in TARP funds they already received). – 2008

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