May Day – May 1, 1886

Date in History: May 01, 1886

Truly, history has a lot to teach us about the roots of our radicalism. When we remember that people were shot so we could have the 8-hour day; if...

The Laborers Union was Formed

Date in History: April 03, 1903

With dangerous working conditions, poor wages and little respect on the job pervasive in the construction industry, The International Hod Carriers and Laborers Union of America is formed by...

The Clayton Act

Date in History: October 05, 1914

In response to pressure to clarify labor’s position under antitrust laws, Congress, in 1914, enacted the Clayton Act, which included several major provisions protective of organized labor.   The Act stated that “the...

Railway Labor Act

Date in History: May 20, 1926

In 1926, the Railway Labor Act (RLA) was passed, requiring employers to bargain collectively and prohibiting discrimination against unions. It applied originally to interstate railroads and their related undertakings. In 1936, it...

Davis-Bacon Act

Date in History: March 03, 1931

In 1931, Congress passed the Davis-Bacon Act, requiring that contracts for construction entered into by the Federal Government specify the minimum wages to be paid to persons employed under those contracts.