Today in Labor History – December 15th

Clinton Jencks on the picket line

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

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 Click To Tweet of natural causes in San Diego at age 87 – 2005

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