Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1939, the Hatch Act was passed. The Hatch Acts limits political activity of executive branch employees of the federal government. Officially An Act to, quote unquote, "Prevent Pernicious Political Activities," the Hatch Act is often misunderstood to ban all types of political activity by federal employees.
Among those activities permitted under the Hatch Act, federal and D.C. employees may run for public office in nonpartisan elections, assist in voter registration drives, and contribute money to political organizations. In fact, federal employees can campaign for or against candidates in partisan elections, make campaign speeches for such candidates, and distribute campaign literature.
Among the activities not permitted, federal employees may not engage in political activity while on duty, in a government office, wearing an official uniform or using a government vehicle.
Today’s labor quote is by Sidney Hillman, who headed the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and was a key figure in the founding of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the CIO in what is now the AFL-CIO. Sidney Hillman, who said:
“Politics is the science of who gets what, when and why.”
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