Saturday, March 15, 2008

This Date in Arkansas Labor History

March 15, 1935. Norman Thomas speech to Southern Tenant Farmers Union meeting at Birdsong was interrupted by planter opposition thugs, who informed him, "There ain't gonna be no speaking here," dragged him from the platform, told him to leave Arkansas immediately.

March 15, 2002. Benton County Circuit Judge Jim Spears issued a permanent restraining order against labor organizers with United Food and Commercial Workers International Union from soliciting members on any and all Wal-Mart properties in the nation.

March 15, 1991. Governor Bill Clinton signed Act 565 to authorize the Director of the Arkansas Department of Labor to determine hazardous occupations for children under 16 years of age.

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