Saturday, October 13, 2007

This Date in Arkansas Labor History

October 13, 1914 Initiated Act 1 establishes Arkansas Child Labor Law forbidding any employment of children under 14 years of age and employment under 16 in specific occupations. The measure was opposed by mining, manufacturing, and business groups.

October 13, 1919 Arkansas Supreme Court rejects the outrageous argument of Central Coal & Coke Co. that Key Burns, a coal digger in mine No. 4 at Hartford, was attempting to commit suicide when he was electrocuted by uninsulated wires while working in mine

October 13, 1952 Governor Sid McMath appoints David Davies, UMWA State Representative from Paris, as the Arkansas Delegate to the Nineteenth National Conference on Labor Legislation in Washington, DC

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