Today in Labor History – January 9th

Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union meeting

Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union meeting

A Mediation Commission appointed by President Woodrow Wilson found that “industry’s failure to deal with unions” was the prime reason for labor strife in war industries. – 1918

Eighty thousand Chicago construction workers went on strike. -1922

The Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union led a Missouri Highway sit-down of 1,700 families. Click To TweetThey had been evicted from their homes so landowners wouldn’t have to share government crop subsidy payments with them. – 1939

Former Hawaii Territorial Governor Ingram Steinbeck opposed statehood for Hawaii, saying left wing unions had an “economic stranglehold” on the islands. Hawaii was to be granted statehood five years later. – 1954

The administration of George W. Bush declared federal airport security screeners would not be allowed to unionize so as not to “complicate” the war on terrorism (reversed in 2011). – 2003

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