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Today in Labor History June 30 The Walsh-Healey Act, 40,000 New York construction workers demonstrat
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June 30

Emma Goldman, women's rights activist and radical, born in Lithuania. She came to the U.S. at age 17 - 1869

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) founded in Chicago - 1905

Alabama outlaws the leasing of convicts to mine coal, a practice that had been in place since 1848. In 1898, 73 percent of the state's total revenue came from this source. 25 percent of all black leased convicts died - 1928

The Walsh-Healey Act took effect today. It requires companies that supply goods to the government to pay wages according to a schedule set by the Secretary of Labor - 1936

Up to 40,000 New York construction workers demonstrated in midtown Manhattan, protesting the Metropolitan Transportation Authoritys awarding of a $33 million contract to a nonunion company. Eighteen police and three demonstrators were injured. "There were some scattered incidents and some minor violence," Police Commissioner Howard Safir told the New York Post. "Generally, it was a pretty well-behaved crowd." - 1998

Labor history found here: http://www.unionist.com/today-in-labor-history

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