12/4/2017 History

Today in Labor History – December 04, 1943 – President Roosevelt announces the end of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), concluding the four-year run of one of the American government’s most ambitious public works programs. It helped create jobs for roughly 8.5 million people during the Great Depression and left a legacy of highways and public buildings, among other public gains.

1952 – UAW President Walter Reuther elected president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

1970 – Cesar Chavez jailed for 20 days for refusing to end United Farm Workers’ grape boycott.

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