Today in Labor History – October 15th

Woodrow Wilson President Woodrow Wilson signed the Clayton Antitrust Act,  often referred to as “Labor’s Magna Carta”, establishing that unions are not “conspiracies” under the law. It for the first time freed unions to strike, picket and boycott employers. In the years that followed, however, numerous state measures and negative court interpretations weakened the law. […]

Today in Labor History – October 10th

20,000 cotton pickers in southern California’s San Joaquin Valley went on strike six days earlier over wages, working conditions, and union recognition.  Striking workers who had assembled at their union’s office in Pixley, California to hear an organizer speak were shot at by growers who drove up in their pickup trucks. Within minutes, two workers […]