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Here’s this week’s Labor Quiz: CIO founder and United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis first served the mineworkers’ union in what capacity? Was it steward, business representative, secretary treasurer, statistician or none of the above. Submit your answer at unionist.com and you could be next week's winner!
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1919, the chorus girls in the Ziegfield Follies created their own union, the Chorus Equity Association, after hearing that their boss was joining the Producing Managers’ Association, They were helped by a big donation from superstar and former chorus girl Lillian Russell. In 1955 the union merged with the Actor’s Equity Association.
In 1992, the North American Free Trade Agreement—NAFTA—was concluded between the United States, Canada and Mexico, to take effect in January, 1994, despite protests from labor, environmental and human rights groups.
And on this date in 1994, what was to become a 232-day strike by major league baseball players over owners' demands for team salary caps began on this day; 938 games were cancelled.
Today’s labor quote is by Massachusetts Congressman Stephen F. Lynch:
“Now, given the experience that we have had thus far, with our subsequent trade agreements with NAFTA and others, you would think that with our experience of job loss that we have had there that when you find yourself in a hole that you might stop digging.”
Stephen F. Lynch, who said “Since NAFTA was put in place, Mexico has lost 1.9 million jobs and most Mexicans' real wages have fallen.”