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Coal Miners Strike of 1902

1902

"United Mine Workers of America in the anthracite coal fields of eastern Pennsylvania struck in seven counties, from May through October."

Lochner v. New York

1905

The supreme court said that maximum hours law for New York bakery workers was unconstitutional under the due process clause of the 14th amendment.

Muller v. Oregon

1908

Oregon law that limited the working hours for women was unconstitutional.

Accident Reports Act of 1910

1910

"The Act was passed and a 10-hour work day and standardization of rates of pay and working conditions were won by the Railway Brotherhoods. Union membership topped 8 million workers in 1910."

Eighth Hour Act is Passed

1917

The Supreme Court approved the Eight-Hour Act under the threat of a national railway strike.

Davis-Bacon Act is Passed

1931

The Davis-Bacon Act establishes the requirement for paying the local prevailing wages on public works projects.

Norris-LaGuardia Act

1932

"U.S. Congress passed the Norris-LaGuardia Act outlawing yellow-dog contracts and prohibiting federal injunctions in labor disputes."

U.S. Supreme Court and National Industrial Recovery Act

1935

"U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the National Industrial Recovery Act was unconstitutional."

National Labor Relations Act

1935

The National Labor Relations Act established the right of all workers to organize and elect their representative for collective bargaining purposes.

Wages and Hours Act Passed

1938

This act banned child labor and setting up the 40-hour work week

Ford Motor Strike

1940

Workers for Ford went on strike due to bad pay.

Taft-Hartley Act

1947

The Taft-Hartley Act restricted union practices and permitted states to ban union security agreements.

Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act

1959

"This act regulates labor unions' internal affairs and their officials' relationships with employers"

Occupational Safety and Health Act

1970

OSHA's goal is "to ensure that employers provide employees with an environment free from recognized hazards, such as exposure to toxic chemicals, excessive noise levels, mechanical dangers, heat or cold stress, or unsanitary conditions."

U.S. Congress votes on Union-Sponsored Bill

1975

U.S. Congress voted down union-sponsored bill to reform the basic United States labor laws

Employee Free Choice Act

2003

"introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. George Miller and in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Edward Kennedy."

Employee Free Choice Act

2007

"The U.S. House of Representatives passes the Employee Free Choice Act with a vote of 241-185."

U.S. Department of Labor and Union Density

2009

"The U.S. Department of Labor reported that union density in the U.S. had grown over the previous two years, with a net gain of 759,000 members in 2007 and 2008."