Today’s Labor History June 27

Emma Goldman (left), women’s rights activist and radical, born in Lithuania. She came to the U.S. at age 17 (1869); The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the
“Wobblies,” is founded at a 12-day-long convention in Chicago. The Wobbly motto: “An injury to one is an injury to all.” (1905); Congress passes the National Labor Relations Act, creating the structure for collective bargaining in the United States (1935); A 26-day strike of New York City hotels by 26,000 workers—the first such walkout in 50 years—ends with a 5-year contract calling for big wage and benefit gains (1985); A.E. Staley locks out 763 workers in Decatur, Ill. The lockout was to last two and one-half years (1993)
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