Saturday, March 1, 2008

This Date in Arkansas Labor History

March 1, 1886. Arkansas Knights of Labor railroad workers strike Union Pacific Railroad in the Great Southwest Strike. Master Workman Martin Irons of the Knights District Assembly 101, former and futue Little Rock resident, was strike leader.

March 1, 1899. Arkansas House of Representatives passed (74-8) Rep. Tatum's HB135 to outlaw blacklisting and guarantee workers' right to join unions; imposed $100 fine and 6 months imprisonment for each violation, plus $500 liquidated damages per individual.

March 1, 1937. John Russell Butler, President of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, arrives in New York to direct activities during National Shapecroppers Week.

March 1, 1943. Prairie County Grand Jury indicts James Hanson for the murder of Roosevelt Robinson, a Negro tenant whom had been held in peonage on his Hanson's near Hazen, Arkansas.

March 1, 1991. NLR Assistant City Attorney Tim Fox warned Allied Industrial Workers Local 370 from Whirlpool plant at Fort Smith that they must comply with McCain Mall regulations and city laws when leafleting or face arrest.

March 1, 2000. Wal-Mart agreed to pay $205,650 for 1,436 violations of child labor laws in the biggest case of its kind ever investigated by the Maine Labor Department. Violations were found at all 20 Wal-Marts in Maine.

March 1, 2003. Pine Bluff Police Officer Jimmy Singleton shot in the head and left ankle by a suspect; the Workers' Compensation Commission subsequently denied his claim for 8% disability benefits for job-related injury.

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