Saturday, December 15, 2012

Today in Labor History—December 15

December 15, 1792 - The U.S. Bill of Rights was adopted promising freedom of speech, religion, the press, and "the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." (From Workday Minnesota

December 15, 1882 – The women tailors union, first women's trade union in Australia, was formed on this date. (from the Daily Bleed)

December 15, 1941 – The AFL labor union pledged not to strike in any defense-related industries for the duration of the war. (from the Daily Bleed)

December 15, 1965 – In an attempt to outdo their patriotism during World War II, the AFL-CIO pledged its "unstinting support" for the U.S. war effort in Vietnam. (from the Daily Bleed)
December 15, 1970 – Polish youth and workers torched the Gdansk Communist Party headquarters and quietly watched it burn. Elsewhere in Poland, ZOMO riot police shot miners striking at "Manifest Lipcowy" mine in Jastrzebie, Upper Silesia, wounding four. (from the Daily Bleed)

December 15, 1992 -- 300,000 coal miners struck against the Solidarity government in Poland. (from the Daily Bleed)

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