A radical union is formed with aim towards overthrowing capitalism and replacing it with a socialist system.
Supreme Court citing the 14th amendment
The Supreme court cited the "liberty contract" which is derived from the 14th amendment. It states that that laws limiting the number of working hours and minimum wage laws were unconstitutional.
Department of Labor
The government created this department in order to protect the rights of workers.
Clayton Antitrust Act
An amendment to the Sherman Antitrust Act; this one was meant to supplement it. It legalized the usage of nonviolent strikes and boycotts.
Immigration Act of 1924
The immigration act limited the number of peopled accepted into the country annually down to 2%. It benefited unions by limiting the number of immigrants, thereby reducing the competition for jobs and increasing bargaining power of workers.
National Labor Relations Board
The NLRB was given the power to punish unfair labor practices and to determine which union should represent workers.
Wagner Act of 1935
Replacing the act earlier passed by Roosevelt this one protected laborers' right to organize and bargain collectively and established the National Labor Relations Board.
Flint Sit-Down Strike
The first ever successful sit-down strike which enabled the signing of the United Auto Workers Contract which is still alive today.
Fair Labor Standards Act
Established minimum wage ($.25 for workers in interstate commerce.)
Amendment to the FLSA
Outlaws Child labor
AFL merges with CIO
1955 - 2005
When the two merged there was a civil rights clause included in the contract that called for non- discrimination in Union privileges. Also in accordance with their platonic relationship with MLK jr. they supported civil rights.
At this time about 1/3 of all workers in the U.S. were in a Union.
cesar chavez grape Strike
1965 - 1970
Cesar Chavez organized his union and joined it with the AWOC. This led to a successful 5 year grape picking strike