Wednesday, January 23, 2008

This Date in Arkansas Labor History

January 23, 1923. Samuel L. Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor, issues statement demanding that Arkansas authorities take action to protect striking railroad workers and their families from lynching and mob action near Harrison.

January 23, 2006. Kenneth Hall, spokesman for the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, said he doesn't know if the state Chamber will formally oppose effort to raise the state minimum wage above $5.15 an hour, but says, "we do have an obligation to protect the business environment."

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