Today in Labor History Sept. 18, 1999 A 20-month illegal lockout of 2,900 Steelworkers members at Kaiser Aluminum plants in three states ends when an arbitrator orders a new contract. Kaiser was forced to fire scabs and fork over tens of millions of dollars in back pay to union members. ~ DC Labor
Sept. 7, 2020| LABOR HISTORY | Before there were Labor Day barbecues and Labor Day sales, there was Labor – workers in the 19th century pushing for an eight-hour day and safe conditions as the U.S. economy was transforming itself from one of small enterprises to one dominated by industrial corporations. Labor historian Bill Barry talks about the connection between Baltimore and the Labor Movement, and tells us the roots of the holiday, still reflected when people gather for Labor Day picnics and parades.