In international labor news, the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe recently upheld a decision that companies can now terminate workers’ contracts at any time, without offering them layoff benefits, simply by giving them three months’ notice. The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions is vowing to hold street protests until the government addresses the ruling, which they say destroys the gains "achieved over the past 35 years."
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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1903, a preliminary delegation from Mother Jones' March of the Mill Children from Philadelphia arrived at President Theodore Roosevelt's summer home in Oyster Bay, Long Island, publicizing the harsh conditions of child labor. They were not allowed through the gates.
In 1956, nineteen firefighters died while responding to a blaze at the Shamrock Oil and Gas refinery in Sun Ray, Texas.
And in 1970, following a 5-year table grape boycott, Delano-area growers filed into the United Farm Workers union hall in Delano, California, to sign their first union contracts.
Today’s labor quote is by United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez:
“It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth. It is an awesome opportunity.”