In today’s labor history, on this date in 1941, animators working for Walt Disney began what was to become a successful five-week strike for recognition of their union, the Screen Cartoonists' Guild.
Today’s labor quote is by Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers of America, which on this date in 1996 reached agreement with Bruce Church on a contract for 450 lettuce harvesters, ending a 17-year-long boycott. The pact raised wages, provided company-paid health benefits to workers and their families, created a seniority system to deal with seasonal layoffs and recalls, and established a pesticide monitoring system. Cesar Chavez, who said
“The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.”
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