Today’s Labor History


Monday
: The U.S. Supreme Court declares the Depression-era National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional, about a month before it was set to expire (1935); The CIO-affiliated Insurance Workers of America merges with its AFL counterpart, the
Insurance Agents International Union to form the Insurance Workers International Union.  The union later became part of the United Food and Commercial Workers (1959)
Tuesday: The Ladies Shoe Binders Society formed in New York (1835); Fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia for dancing the Turkey Trot.  They were on their lunch break, but management thought the dance too racy (1912); At least 30,000 workers in Rochester, N.Y., participate in a general strike in support of municipal workers who had been fired for forming a union (1946)
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