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In today's labor history,
on this date in 1970, members of the National Football League Players Association began what was to be a two-day strike, their first. The issues: pay, pensions, the right to arbitration and the right to have agents.
In 1981, the fifty-day baseball strike ended.
And on this date in 1999, the Great Shipyard Strike of 1999 ended after Steelworkers at Newport News Shipbuilding ratified a breakthrough agreement which nearly doubled pensions, increased security, ended inequality, and provided the highest wage increases in company and industry history to nearly 10,000 workers at the yard. The strike lasted 15 weeks.
Today’s labor quote is from the Chinese proverb, which says that
“Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
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