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.
YES. Special thanks to A. Philip Randolph and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car (aka Pullman) Porters, the first Black labor union to sign a collective bargaining agreement with the Pullman Company in 1925; the first ones to successfully organize the Civil Rights March on Washington advocating jobs and justice; the first Black union to successfully join/merge with their White colleagues via the AFL-CIO, establishing the federal Railway Labor Act and the National Labor Relations Act. THANK…
Frances Perkins became the first woman to serve in a Presidential Cabinet when she became FDRs Secretary of Labor. Under her watch, child labor was abolished, minimum wage and maximum-hour laws were enacted, and, through the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, workers were guaranteed the right to organize and bargain collectively.
Frances Perkins She formed governmental policy for working with labor unions and helped to alleviate strikes by way of the United States Conciliation Service, Perkins resisted having American women be drafted to serve the military in World War II so that they could enter the civilian workforce in greatly expanded numbers. So, thank Ms Perkins for the safety nets when the economy goes south & the fact that Americans aren't slave laborers. Fight for the rights Ms Perkins won for us.
Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a nationally prominent activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement despite never being an official member of the party. Prisoner rights have been among her continuing interests; she is the founder of Critical Resistance, an organization working…
Labor Unions declined greatly due to the depression, but started to rebuild after FDR's New Deal. The 1935 National Labor Relations Act was passed shortly afterwards and as a result, unskilled workers became better organized and employees had more support.
April 12, 1937: The United States Supreme Court rules on National Labor Relations Board v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, affirming the constitutionality of the National Labor Relations Act (the “Wagner Act”) of 1935. The NLRB had ruled against the company for firing ten workers who were attempting to unionize; the company refused, arguing that the NLRA was unconstitutional.
Cesar Chavez, an Mexican American, best known for Latino American civil rights activists, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement. His public- relations approached to unionism and aggressive but non-violent tactics made the farm workers' struggle morel cause with nation wide support.