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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1936, an article in the March edition of the magazine Popular Science listed what it called “the world’s craziest jobs,” all of them in Hollywood. These included: Horse-tail painter (to make the tails stand out better in the movies); bone-bleacher (for animal skeletons in Westerns); and chorus-girl weigher, whose function the article did not make terribly clear.
In 1936, sailors aboard the S.S. California, docked in San Pedro, California, refuse to cast off the lines and allow the ship to sail until their wages are increased and overtime paid. The job action lasts three days before the secretary of labor intervenes and an agreement is reached. The leaders were fined two days’ pay, fired and blacklisted, although charges of mutiny were dropped. The action marked the beginnings of the National Maritime Union.
And in 1937, CIO president John L. Lewis and U.S. Steel President Myron Taylor sign a landmark contract in which the bitterly anti-union company officially recognized the CIO as sole negotiator for the company's unionized workers. The deal included adoption of overtime pay, the 40-hour work week, and a big pay hike.
Today’s labor quote is by John L. Lewis:
“Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America.”
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