Thursday, October 25, 2012

Today in Labor History—October 25

October 25, 1990 - Workers were locked out at the New York Daily News, as the paper attempted to bust the unions. (From Workday Minnesota)

October 25, 1995 - The AFL-CIO had its first contested election ever, with John Sweeney eventually being elected president and Mine Workers President Richard Trumka becoming secretary-treasurer. Linda Chavez-Thompson of AFSCME took on the newly created role of executive vice president. (FromWorkday Minnesota)

October 25, 1997 – 200,000 Communists marched for a 35-hour work week in Rome, while here in America workers added nearly a week of work to their yearly total between 1990 and 2001. Meanwhile, workers in France and Belgium were more productive than American workers, despite only working 35-hours per week. (From the Daily Bleed)

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