Weekend Labor History

April 26: The U.S. House of Representatives passes House Joint Resolution No. 184, a constitutional amendment to prohibit the labor of persons under 18 years of age. The Senate approved the measure a few weeks later, but it was never ratified by the states and is still technically pending (1924); On the orders of President Roosevelt, the U.S. Army seizes the Chicago headquarters of the unionized Montgomery Ward & Co. after management defies the National Labor Relations Board (1944). 
April 27: First strike for 10-hour day, by Boston carpenters (1825); James Oppenheim’s poem “Bread and Roses” published in IWW newspaper Industrial Solidarity (1946); President Dwight Eisenhower signs Executive Order 10450: Security Requirements for Government Employment. The order listed “sexual perversion” as a condition for firing a federal employee and for denying employment to potential applicants (1953). 
April 28: Coal mine collapses at Eccles, W.Va., killing 181 workers (1914); A total of 119 die in Benwood, W.Va., coal mine disaster (1924); United Wallpaper Craftsmen & Workers of North America merges with Pulp, Sulfite & Paper Mill Workers (1958); American Federation of Hosiery Workers merges with Textile Workers Union of America (1965); Congress creates OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The AFL-CIO later sets April 28 as “Workers Memorial Day” to honor the hundreds of thousands of workers killed and injured on the job every year (1970); First “Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” promoted by the Ms. Foundation, to boost self-esteem of girls with invitations to a parent’s workplace (1993).
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