Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1970, after years of intensive lobbying by the labor movement, a comprehensive national safety law is enacted as President Nixon signs the Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1970, creating the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA.
In 2006, more than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire and Rubber plants ended an 86-day strike, ratifying a 3-year contract.
Today’s labor quote is by Richard Trumka:
“Time after time we're told corporations should have freedom from pesky job safety regulations, environmental protections and labor standards - giving working people the freedom to be crushed in collapsing mines, choke on filthy air and get paid too little to live on.”
Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, is the former president of the United Mine Workers of America.