Here’s today’s labor history: On this date in 1976, thirty-five members of the Teamsters, concerned about the infiltration of organized crime in the union and other issues, met in Cleveland to form Teamsters for a Democratic Union. And in 1998, a strike began at a General Motors Corp. parts factory in Flint, Michigan that ultimately forced the closure of GM plants across the country for seven weeks. The Flint workers were protesting the removal of key equipment from their plant and feared their jobs would be lost. The company ended the dispute by promising the plant would remain open until at least the year 2000.
Today’s labor quote is by Walter Reuther:
“Labor is not fighting for a larger slice of the national pie--labor is fighting for a larger pie.”
Walter Reuther was an American labor union leader who made the United Automobile Workers a major force not only in the auto industry but also in the Democratic Party and the Congress of Industrial Organizations in the mid 20th century.