Today in Labor History – December 27th

FDR

A steelworkers strike occurred in Ohio in which workers were demanding the 8-hour day and an increase in wages. The strike ended quickly in their favor because the government needed steel for armaments. – 1916

[bctt tweet=”President Roosevelt seized the railroads to avert a nationwide strike.” username=”VoicesOfLabor”] His decision to temporarily place the railroads under the “supervision” of the War Department prompted the five railroad brotherhoods to agree to his offer to arbitrate the wage dispute. – 1943

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