Today in Labor History – February 21st

[bctt tweet=”Wartime inflation fueled workers’ demands for increased wages. In the first six months of 1917 alone, there were over 3,000 strikes in the United States.” username=”VoicesOfLabor”]Oregon passed the first legislation in the country to officially recognize the “workingman’s holiday” Labor Day. By 1894, 30 other states had adopted the holiday and on June of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September each year a federal holiday. – 1887

The Transportation-Communication Employees Union merged with the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline & Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express & Station Employees. – 1969

The United Farm Workers of America was granted a charter by the AFL-CIO. – 1972

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