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Archive for the month “May, 2013”

May 30, 1937

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In what would become known as the Memorial Day Massacre, police open fire on striking steelworkers, their families, and supporters who were marching to the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago to set up a picket line. The police killed ten people and pursued those fleeing the attack, wounding many more; no one was ever prosecuted.

May 29, 1996

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The United Farm Workers and Bruce Church, Inc. — the nation’s third largest lettuce grower — reach an agreement on a contract, ending seventeen years of boycotts, litigation, and conflict.

May 23, 2013

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Today is Labour Day in Jamaica.  The date marks the anniversary of the widespread strikes and protests that shut down Kingston on May 23, 1938, after police attacked workers on strike over wages and working conditions at the Frome sugar factory, killing four people and arresting 109 others.

May 22, 1920

ImageThe Civil Service Retirement Act establishes the first federal contributory retirement system for civilian employees.

May 18, 1979

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An Oklahoma jury finds for the estate of atomic worker and OCAW member Karen Silkwood, ordering Kerr-McGee Nuclear Co. to pay $505,000 in actual damages and $10 million in punitive damages for negligence leading to Silkwood’s plutonium contamination.

May 18, 1979

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An Oklahoma jury finds for the estate of atomic worker and OCAW member Karen Silkwood, ordering Kerr-McGee Nuclear Co. to pay $505,000 in actual damages and $10 million in punitive damages for negligence leading to Silkwood’s plutonium contamination.

May 17, 2004

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Starbucks baristas in New York City sign cards demanding representation by the Industrial Workers of the World. The Starbucks Workers Union, affiliated with the IWW, continues to fight for higher wages, better working conditions, regular hours of work, and health coverage for Starbucks workers.

May 17, 2004

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Starbucks baristas in New York City sign cards demanding representation by the Industrial Workers of the World. The Starbucks Workers Union, affiliated with the IWW, continues to fight for higher wages, better working conditions, regular hours of work, and health coverage for Starbucks workers.

May 16, 1938

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The U.S. Supreme Court issues its decision in the case of NLRB v. Mackay Radio & Telegraph Co., permitting employers to permanently replace striking workers. The court said that management could not fire strikers, but could “permanently replace” them. The United States remains one of the few countries in the world where it is legal for strikers to lose their jobs.

May 15, 1917

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The Library Employees’ Union of Greater New York, composed mainly of New York Public Library employees, is chartered by the American Federation of Labor. A major focus of the union was the inferior status of women library workers and their low salaries.

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