1/29/18 History

Today in Labor History – January 29, 1834 – Responding to unrest among Irish laborers building the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, President Andrew Jackson orders first use of American troops to suppress a labor dispute.

1889 – Six thousand railway workers strike for a union and the end of 18-hour day.

1936 – Sit-down strike helps establish United Rubber Workers as a national union, Akron, Ohio.

1957 – American Train Dispatchers Department granted a charter by the AFL-CIO.

2009 – Newly-elected President Barack Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, making it easier for women and minorities to win pay discrimination suits.

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