Saturday, September 15, 2007

This Date in Arkansas Labor History

September 15, 1969 Eugene D. Glover, 46-year old Jonesboro native, becomes Seventh General Secretary Treasurer of the International Association of Machinists. He served from1969-1987 and was known for his ability to remain calm under stress and for his disarming sense of humor in negotiations.

September 15, 1942 Mrs. L.N. Grazler, owner of the Jonesboro Laundry, declared that she would not settle a strike by 18 women workers demanding time and a half on their 11 cent/hour wage when working more than six 8-hour days.

September 15, 1949 Federal Judge John Miller of Fort Smith rules that the United Mine Workers of America contract provision for a union shop is illegal in Arkansas mines and also voids contractual obligation of mine operators to pay delinquent debts to workers’ welfare and retirement funds.

September 15, 1999 Wal-Mart seeks injunction to restrain United Food and Commercial Workers union representatives from entering Wal-Mart stores for the purpose of distributing UFCW materials to workers, claiming it was an unauthorized trespass onto Wal-Mart property.

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