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Friday, August 30, 2013

Senator Costa Looks Back On History Of Fair Labor Standards Act

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75th Anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act

Franklin D. Roosevelt - Labor Day Radio Address :: September 1, 1947
When the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt 75 years ago, it created the first national minimum wage, established the standard maximum hourly work week, and protected children from exploitation. It is not a stretch to argue that the Fair Labor Standards Act helped create the middle class in America. 
Our region has been in the forefront of developing workers’ rights.  Therefore, noting the anniversary of the enactment of the Fair Labor Standards Act is of particular importance today. 

Steel StrikeAllegheny County, Southwestern Pennsylvania, has a Pivotal Role in American Labor History 

There have been other significant moments in American labor history that emerged from activities in our region.
A landmark event in American history occurred in Homestead when private detectives were hired by Carnegie Steel and Henry Clay Frick and arrayed against the town and the workers at the mill to break the steelworkers’ strike.  At stake were worker rights to bargain collectively, have representation and be involved in workplace decisions.  
Allegheny County Labor Council, AFL-CIOOn the Ohio River, labor strife at the Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation in Aliquippa precipitated a court case and a test of the Wagner Act’s constitutionality.  Fact is, from Braddock to Brackenridge -- and many places in between – all have rich histories and serve as the setting of events that have contributed to the development of labor relations in America as we know it today.  
Click here to read a full history of labor and how workers’ rights have been achieved, authored by Chuck McCollester.


Anonymous said...

While labor unions of the past played a good role in helping people get fair wages the unions of today have destroyed the working middle class with their greed!

Anonymous said...

If only 12% of workers are unionized, I fail to see how this small of a number has destroyed anything. 12:48, you are just another ideologue spouting the typical anti-union b.s.

Our middle class has been weakened by free trade agreements and greedy globalists that have done everything in their power to route physical work to the cheapest labor source regardless of national boundaries. Look at Apple e.g. They make a ton of money in Chinese sweatshops. Nike is the same. Import food from China, Mexico, and South America and drive farm prices down. The list goes on and on.
Corporations have emasculated unions at all levels and continually try to strip away employee rights and benefits.

If you think that's good for America, you're just wrong. Unions aren't perfect, but if you know history or care to learn about it, unions have done an awful lot to shape our nation and the world.

There is NOTHING wrong with advocating for employee rights, decent working conditions, and fair wages.

Anonymous said...

boy 4:40, I just don't know

see, there are all these millionaires on television getting paid millions of dollars to tell me unions are bad.

They wouldn't just go and beat me over the head over and over and over and over with a lie would they?

I'm having so much trouble trying to figure out who to believe.

I think I better side with the millionaires telling me how employee avocation is the devil

and the reason we are in such a deep mess isn't because we've allowed all our money to funnel to the top .01% of wealthy Americans who shelter it from any taxes and only spend it to speculate on the retirement devouring casino-er.. stock market (where it gets taxed at half the rate I do for my blood sweat and tears).

Yeah, it's all the unions fault. Them and their greedy workers actually expecting pay for labor.. the nerve of those people. Why do they hate America so much?