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Today in Labor History

Jan. 21, 1974
A four-day strike by 2,000 postal workers at the New Jersey Bulk and Foreign Mail Center in Jersey City began on this date. The “Battle of the Bulk” was caused by postal management’s unilateral changes in workers’ hours and working conditions. The wildcat strike was led by a group of young workers who identified themselves as “The Outlaws”. A federal judge ruled in the union’s favor, directing management to settle the issue through binding arbitration. Union Communication Services

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Immigrants and Unions Make America Great
Posted On: Jul 09, 2018
July 9, 2018 | AMERICAN LABOR | […] As so many institutions have failed or outright scapegoated them—including Congress, the White House, their employers, local law enforcement, and ICE—immigrant workers have come to rely more than ever on unions and grassroots organizations to protect the few rights they cling to…American labor has always been a movement in which immigrants, often in the most thankless and dangerous jobs, have played leading roles—often stopping the race to the bottom that employers entered them in. The young immigrant women who worked in the clothing and garment industries of New York and other cities in the early 20th century—not least, those who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire—paved the way for the reforms that led in time to the New Deal, minimum-wage laws, the eight-hour day, and the weekend… The American Prospect
 
 
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