Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Today in Labor History—October 24

October 24, 1892 – Black and white teamsters, salesmen and packers struck together in New Orleans, paralyzing commerce throughout the city and quickly turning into a General Strike. Workers were fighting for a 10-hour work day. They were soon joined by non-industrial workers, such as musicians, clothing workers, clerks, utility workers, streetcar drivers and printers.  (From the Daily Bleed and Jeremy Brecher’s  Strike!, page 65.)

October 24, 1940 – The 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, only to be routinely ignored by bosses and constantly whittled away at over the next 70 years. (From the Daily Bleed
Soviet Tank with Hungarian Flag, 1956 (Image by Takacsi75)
October 24, 1956 – The first Russian tanks entered Budapest to suppress the uprising, as the movement spread throughout the country. (From the Daily Bleed

October 24, 1987 – The AFL-CIO readmitted the Teamsters Union, which had been expelled in 1957. The 35-member executive council of the AFL-CIO voted unanimously to readmit the 1.6-million member Teamsters Union despite the federal investigation into the union's links to organized crime. (From the Daily Bleed

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