Today in Labor History July 3, 1835 2000 workers, many of whom are children, from 20 textile mills in Paterson, NJ, went on strike. They demanded 11 hour days (down from 13.5 hours). Employers refused to negotiate and broke the strike by declaring a reduction in work hours to twelve hours daily during the week and nine hours on Saturdays. ~ Voices of Labor
How Can Americans Compete With Mexicans Making a Tenth of What They Do?
Updated On: Nov 20, 2019
Nov. 20, 2019 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | Despite financial gains won recently by the United Auto Workers in a new contract that ended a nearly six-week-long strike against General Motors, the longest in a half-century, the deal will not rectify the major problem that has hurt American autoworkers and will continue to do so. The problem has been the longstanding lack of workers’ rights in Mexico. Wages there are roughly one-tenth of what American workers earn and the unions are often tools of the employer. This has warped the playing field and resulted in the transfer of American manufacturing jobs to south of the border. American autoworkers have been hit particularly hard. This situation can be blamed in part on a flawed 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement … New York Times