Today in Labor History August 6 2020

Labor History August 6th

The Cigar Makers’ International Union of America merged with the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union. – 1974 The American Railway Supervisors Association merged with the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline & Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express & Station Employees. – 1980 The Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of the US & Canada merged with the Brotherhood … Read more

Today in Labor History July 30, 2020

Labor History July 30th

Automobile tycoon and fascist Henry Ford was born on this date in Dearborn, Michigan. His introduction of the assembly line and other mass production techniques revolutionized profit-making not only by dramatically increasing worker productivity, and therefore reducing labor costs, but also by de-skilling the workforce and weakening the power of the workers. – 1863 President … Read more

Today in Labor History July 29, 2020

Labor History July 29th

The Coast Seamen’s Union merges with the Steamship Sailor’s Union to form the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific. – 1891 A preliminary delegation from Mother Jones’ March of the Mill Children from Philadelphia to President Theodore Roosevelt’s summer home in Oyster Bay, Long Island, publicizing the harsh conditions of child labor, arrives today. They are not allowed … Read more