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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1931, police used clubs to rout 1,500 jobless men who had stormed the plant of the Fruit Growers Express Company in Indiana Harbor, Indiana, demanding jobs.
In 1933, during the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the National Labor Board to enforce the right to collective bargaining. Ultimately declared illegal by the Supreme Court, it was replaced two years later by the National Labor Relations Board.
On this date in 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act took effect. The first law signed by President Clinton, it allows many workers time off each year due to serious health conditions or to care for a family member.
Today’s labor quote is by Franklin D. Roosevelt:
“It is now beyond partisan controversy that it is a fundamental individual right of a worker to associate himself with other workers and to bargain collectively with his employer.”