US Labor History


United States enters Korean War
CIO expels nine unions for alleged Communist domination
United Auto Workers and General Motors sign a contract that provides for pensions, automatic
cost-of-living wage adjustments, and guaranteed increases over the life of the contract
"Salt of the Earth" Strike of New Mexico Miners begin
UAW president Walter Reuther elected president of CIO
President Truman seizes the steel industry when the steel companies reject the Wage
Stabilization Board recommendations. Supreme Court rules the action unconstitutional
George Meany becomes president of the AFL
Walter Reuther becomes president of the CIO
President Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected
Steel Strike
AFL and CIO agree to a "no raiding" pact. AFL expels the International Longshoremen's
Association for corruption
Louisiana Sugar Cane Workers' Strike
Kohler Strike begins
United Auto Workers win supplementary unemployment benefits in bargaining with Ford
AFL and CIO merge with George Meany as first president, UMWA remains independent
Southern Telephone Strike
President Dwight D. Eisenhower is reelected
East Coast Longshoremen's Strike
Steel Strike
Canadian Labour Congress founded
AFL-CIO expels Teamsters, Bakery Workers, and Laundry Workers for corruption
Congress passes the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (Landrum-Griffin),
which regulates the internal affairs of unions
Steel Strike
 1800  1950
 1900  1960
 1910  1970
 1920  1980
 1930  1990

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