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A measure of short-term U.S. inflation expectations rose sharply in December, and Americans are more optimistic about the outlook for the labor market and their household finances, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York survey released Monday.

Cover of American Federation of Labor organizing leaflet which explained to workers their right to organize into unions of their choice, guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) of 1935.

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May 1, 1886

May 1, 1886: At its 1884 convention, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (which became the American Federation of Labor), proclaims that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.” The resolution received overwhelming support from FOTLU’s affiliated unions, which organized mass demonstrations and strikes in cities across the country.

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Oil canvas of Samuel Gompers from the New-York Historical Society. Samuel Gompers was a key labor union leader, founding the American Federation of Labor.

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"The American Federation of Labor (AFL) was the first federation of labor unions in the United States. It was founded in Columbus, Ohio, in May 1886 by an alliance of craft unions disaffected from the Knights of Labor, a national labor association. Samuel Gompers of the Cigar Makers' International Union was elected president of the Federation at its founding convention and was reelected every year except one until his death in 1924" ~~AFL-label.jpg

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The International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids was the first African American labor union chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Pullman porters, dissatisfied with their treatment by the Chicago-based Pullman Company, sought the assistance of A. Philip Randolph and oth...The International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids was the first African American labor union chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Pullman porters, dissatisfied…

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Homestead Pennsylvania was a company town under Carnegie Steel that was the sight of a major worker strike due to wage cuts. I had to call in the in the Pinkerton Agents and the National Gaurd

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December 5 – The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge to become the AFL-CIO.

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