Saturday, April 7, 2012

Today In Labor History: April 7

April 7, 1919—A Workers Republic was declared in Bavaria by the anarchists in the fledgling soviet republic, against the wishes of the Communists in the government. The Socialists sent in troops, massacring over 700. (From the Daily Bleed)

April 7, 1933—Prohibition ended, allowing unions to once again freely organize workers in the bars and workers to once again drink freely. As Oscar Wilde said, “Work is the curse of the drinking class.”

April 7, 1947 - The National Federation of Telephone Workers (NFTW) launched the first nationwide strike against AT&T and Bell. As many as 300,000 telephone workers walked off the job. By mid-May 18, 37 of the 39 member unions had won new contracts with raises. NFTW became the Communications Workers of America later that year. (From Workday Minnesota)

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