Wednesday, October 17, 2007

This Date in Arkansas Labor History

October 17, 2005. Two members of United Steelworkers Union Local 1671 manning a legal picket line at National Wire Fabric at Star City are treated for injuries after avoiding truck that destroyed union banners and signs when trying to ram striking workers.

October 17, 1896. Arkansas Supreme Court overturns judgment of $142 against mine owners Abe and Ed Stiewel for medical expenses and injuries suffered by UMWA union miner Fred Borman during gas explosion in their Coal Hill mine.

October 17, 1949. About 325 ALCOA employees in Arkansas joined a nationwide strike of the CIO United Steel Workers. Local 323 Chairman W.S. Hale said the strike is a "peaceable one."

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