Today in Labor History – December 15th

Clinton Jencks on the picket line

A protest by 500 women in Kansas that began earlier in the week, organized in support of striking mine workers and against new anti-labor legislation that forced unions into arbitration and outlawed strikes in the state, swelled to 4,000, stretching a mile long. The women, dubbed the “Amazon Army” by the New York Times, disbanded upon hearing the militia was on its way. Victory came a year later when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Kansas anti-labor laws unconstitutional. – 1921

Eight days after the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, the AFL pledged that there will be no strikes in defense-related plants for the duration of World War II. – 1941

Meeting in its biennial convention, the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organization (AFL-CIO) declared “unstinting support” for “measures the Administration might deem necessary to halt Communist aggression and secure a just and lasting peace” in Viet Nam. – 1967

The U.S. Age Discrimination Employment Act became law. It bars employment discrimination against anyone age 40 or older. – 1967

California’s longest nurses strike ended after workers at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo and Pinole approved a new contract with Tenet Healthcare Corporation, ending a 13-month walkout. – 2003

[bctt tweet=”Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers union organizer Clinton Jencks, who led New Mexico zinc miners in the strike depicted in the classic 1954 movie “Salt of the Earth”, died” username=”VoicesOfLabor”] of natural causes in San Diego at age 87 – 2005

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