Johnson/Furtak Law Project


Labor Unions Formed


Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions formed

The American Federation of Laborers


The American Federation of Labor was founded by Samuel Gompers in 1886

Rerum Novarum


written by Pope Leo XIII the Pope spoke of issues of the times including labor laws,minimum wage,work hours,and child labor laws

Erdman Act


Erdman Act prohibits discrimination against railroad workers because of union membership and provides for mediation of railway labor disputes

Triangle Shirtwaist Co.


A state factory investigation committee headed by Frances Perkins (she was to become Franklin Roosevelt's secretary of labor in 1933, the first woman cabinet member in history) paved the way for many long needed reforms in industrial safety and fire prevention measures. after fire killed approximately 150 people all young women mostly

Clayton Act


the Clayton Act of 1914 made explicit the legal concept that "the labor of a human being is not a commodity or article of commerce"

Davis-Bacon Act


Davis-Bacon Act provides for prevailing wages on publicly funded construction projects

Norris-Laguardia Act


Norris-LaGuardia Act prohibits federal injunctions in most labor disputes

The New Deal


President Franklin Roosevelt proposes New Deal programs to Congress

Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO)

november 1935

In November 1935, John L. Lewis announced the creation of the CIO, the Committee for Industrial Organization, composed of about a dozen leaders of AFL unions, to carry on the effort for industrial unionism.

West Coast Hotel v. Parrish


officially sets up a set minimum wage in America

Fair Labor Standards Act


Fair Labor Standards Act establishes first minimum wage and 40-hour week Congress of industrial Organizations forms as an independent federation also puts regulations on child labor

CIO political action committee


CIO forms first political action committee to get out the union vote for President Roosevelt

AFL and CIO Merge


George meany becomes president of the AFL.

Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act


"Providing standards for the reporting and disclosure of certain financial transactions and administrative practices of labor organizations and employers; the protection of union funds and assets; the administration of trusteeships by labor organizations; and the election of officers of labor organizations. The Act also guarantees certain rights to all union members,"( This act was passed.

Collective Bargaining


John F Kennedy gives federal orders the right to bargain.

March on Washington


The Justice Equal Pay Act banned wage discrimination based on gender.

Civil Rights Act


This banned institutional forms of racial discrimination.

United Farm Workers Organizing Committee


Cesar Chavez wins legal rights to protect farmers from certain work conditions (e.g. little water, long hours with less pay, nowhere to use the bathroom).

Occupational Safety and Health Act


"Congress passed the Occupational and Safety Health Act to ensure worker and workplace safety. Their goal was to make sure employers provide their workers a place of employment free from recognized hazards to safety and health, such as exposure to toxic chemicals, excessive noise levels, mechanical dangers, heat or cold stress, or unsanitary conditions,"(

Lane Kirkland


Lane Kirkland becomes president of AFL CIO

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance


This was an alliance created within the AFL CIO. It addresses the workplace issues of 660.000 APA union members.

The Protest of Free Trade Areas of the Americas

April 2001

"(April) 40,000 union activists and allies protest the Free Trade Area of the Americas in Quebec City, Canada, the largest anti-globalization mobilization to date," (

United Steel Workers

July 2008

"(July) The United Steel Workers union (USW) joins with unions in Britain, Ireland, Canada, and the Caribbean to form the global union, Workers Uniting," (