Had several major provisions protective of organized labor. Stated that "the labor of a human being is not commodity or article of commerce" and that nothing contained in the Federal trust laws "shall be construed to forbid the existence and operation of labor".
Railway Labor Act
Required employees to what bargain collectively and prohibited discrimination against unions. Applied originally to interstate railroads and their related undertakings.
Required that contracts for construction entered into by the federal government specified the minimum wages to be paid to persons employed under those contracts.
Gave federal sanction to the right of labor unions to organize and strike, and to use other forms of economic leverage in dealing with management.
National Industry Recovery Act
Beginning of the New Deal Era Reforms. Sought to provide codes of "fair competition" and to fix wages and hours in industries subscribing to such codes.
Fair Labor Standards Act
Establishes first minimum wage and 40-hour work week
Largest strike wave in U.S. history
Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (Landrum-Griffin) passed
March on Washington for jobs and Justice Equal Pay Act
Bans wage discrimination based on gender
Civil Rights Act
Bans institutional forms of racial discrimination
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement founded
Coalition of Labor Union Women founded
United Mine Workers of America
Win strike against Pittston Coal United Steelworkers of America
Pride at Work
Pride at Work, a national coalition of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender workers and their supporters, becomes an AFL-CIO constituency group
Trade relations with China
30,000 union members and activists rally against the United States granting permanent normal trade relations with China
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Shortly after his inauguration, President Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored the rights of working women to sue over pay discrimination
Ammendment to the Railway Labor Act
Amended the Railway Labor Act to include airlines engaged in interstate commerce.
World War II
1941 - 1945
National War Labor Board created with union members
Restricts union members' activities
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination
Assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. during sanitation workers' strike
Occupational Safety and Health Act passed
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists formed
President Reagan breaks air traffic controllers’s strike
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance created
Free Trade Area protest
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
American Rights at Work
American Rights at Work, a national non-profit advocacy group, is founded to promote the freedom of workers to join unions and bargain collectively
Employee Free Choice Act
The U.S. House of Representatives passes the Employee Free Choice Act with a vote of 241-185