This week's Labor History Today podcast: Eugene Debs founds the American Railway Union and, later, is jailed for opposing war; Mark Dudzic on the founding of the U.S. Labor Party, plus the Labor History Object of the Week.
Congress creates a Bureau of Labor, under the Interior Department. It later became independent as a Department of Labor without executive status in the Department ofCommerce and Labor; in 1913 it became the Department of Labor we know today - 1884
Tony Mazzocchi born in Brooklyn, N.Y. An activist and officer in the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers union, he was a mentor to Karen Silkwood, a founder of the Labor Party, and a prime mover behind the 1970 passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act - 1926
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