Today’s labor calendar includes a conference on “why copyright matters,” a discussion of a new book on the 1912 Bread and Roses strike and MacArthur Genius award-winner Ai-jen Poo talking about her new book on elder care; click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1908, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the United Hatters Union violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by organizing a nationwide boycott of Danbury Hatters of Connecticut.
In 1941, the Supreme Court upheld the Wages and Hours Act banning child labor and establishing the 40-hour work week.
And in 1971, an explosion at a Thiokol chemical plant near Woodbine, Georgia killed 29 workers and seriously injured 50. An investigation found that contributing factors to the explosion were mislabeled chemicals, poor storage procedures and insufficient fire protection.
Today’s labor quote is by Sigmund Freud:
“The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots.”
Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud is now known as the father of psychoanalysis.