Today in Labor History

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June 18, 1941


Union leader A. Philip Randolph meets with President Franklin Roosevelt about the demonstration being organized for July 1 to protest discrimination in the military and defense industries.  Randolph told the president that 100,000 people were planning to march on Washington, D.C., and Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802:  “There shall be no discrimination in the employment of workers in defense industries or government because of race, creed, color, or national origin.”


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