Click here to check out this week's Labor History Today podcast. “You can't know where you are going if you don't understand where you came from.” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka (right) sits down with Labor History Today’s Joe McCartin to discuss the historic Pittston strike, which began on September 17, 1989, when ninety-eight members of the United Mine Workers of America and a minister occupied the Pittston Coal Company's Moss 3 preparation plant in Carbon, Virginia. Plus Cool Things from the Meany Labor Archives: the AFL-CIO’s attempts to persuade union voters not to support George Wallace during the 1972 presidential campaign.
The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) is formally founded at an Ohio convention. Two years earlier at an IBT convention in Las Vegas a union reform leader who (unsuccessfully) called for direct election of officers and a limit on officers’ salaries had been beaten - 1978
A 20-month illegal lockout of 2,900 Steelworkers members at Kaiser Aluminum plants in three states ends when an arbitrator orders a new contract. Kaiser was forced to fire scabs and fork over tens of millions of dollars in back pay to union members - 1999
- David Prosten