• Today in Labor History
    Aug. 5, 1933
    During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the National Labor Board to enforce the right of collective bargaining. Ultimately declared illegal by the Supreme Court, it was replaced two years later by the National Labor Relations Board.
    ~ Voices of Labor

  • Who Should Say When a Workplace Is Safe? The Workers, That’s Who
    Posted On: Jul 27, 2020
    July 27, 2020 | OPINION | Back in April, Nelson Lichtenstein, the dean of American labor historians, wrote a piece for us arguing that states should establish workers’ councils that would decide when it was safe to return to their worksites and would have the authority to monitor those worksites for safety conditions when work resumed. While I know of no state that’s enacted anything so sensible, Los Angeles County—which, with ten million residents, is a lot bigger than a host of states—became the first jurisdiction to do so when the County Board of Supervisors passed a partial version of this idea. Noting that public-health officials were completely overwhelmed by the number of possibly unsafe workplaces, the five-member Board of Supes explicitly authorized the establishment of workers’ councils with the power to monitor workplace safety… The American Prospect
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