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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1885, what was to become a 7-day streetcar strike began in Chicago after several workers were unfairly fired. The police chief at the time, describing the strikers’ response to scabs, wrote that: "One of my men said he was at the corner of Halsted and Madison Streets, and although he could see fifty stones in the air, he couldn't tell where they were coming from." The strike was settled to the workers’ satisfaction.
In 1934, an Executive Order signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB. A predecessor organization, the National Labor Boardhad been struck down by the Supreme Court.
And in 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled -- in CWA versus Beck -- that a union can collect from non-members only those fees and dues necessary to perform its duties as a collective bargaining representative. Harry Beck was a maintenance worker with the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company in Maryland, an agency shop, where the employer may hire union or non-union workers, and employees need not join the union. However, non-union workers must pay a fee to cover collective bargaining costs. Beck protested the use of his union dues for a political cause in which he did not believe and asked for a refund. The Communication Workers refused, arguing that using union dues for political expenditures was appropriate and legal. The Beck decision is widely seen in the labor movement as an attack on union power.
Today’s labor quote is by Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein, who among other things, was a member of the American Federation of Teachers, and who said:
"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."
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