Today in Labor History – October 17th

John D. Rockefeller cut a contract with the Pennsylvania Railroad, giving his Standard Oil Company a rebate on all freight carried by the line. This arrangement allowed him to monopolize virtually all oil production and transportation in the U.S. – 1877 Labor activist Warren Billings was released from California’s Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. […]

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. […]