In a 2-1 decision on May 31, the board said employers must prove they do not have other, illegal, motives for permanently replacing striking workers. That replacement threat has had a chilling effect on the right to strike, which is legal under U.S. labor law. The number of strikes has dropped sharply since employers began routinely firing striking workers and bringing in “permanent replacements,” or threatening to, after President Ronald Reagan fired striking PATCO air traffic controllers in 1981.
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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1917, 164 were killed in the Speculator mine disaster in Butte, Montana.
In 1937, a general strike by some 12,000 autoworkers and others in Lansing, Michigan shut down the city for a month in what was to become known as the city’s “Labor Holiday.” The strike was precipitated by the arrest of nine workers, including the wife of the auto workers local union president: The arrest left three children in the couple’s home unattended.
Today’s labor quote is by Peter Cooper
"Every manufacturer ought to remember that his fortune was not achieved by himself alone, but by the cooperation of his workmen. He should acknowledge their rights to share the benefits."
Peter Cooper was an American industrialist and philanthropist.