Monday, March 17, 2008

This Date in Arkansas Labor History

March 17, 1937. U.S. Senator Joseph T. Robinson says, "Manifestly, the sit-down strike is unlawful."

March 17, 1944. United Garment Workers of America (AFL) representatives meet at Carpenters and Painters' Union Hall, 112 W Center in Fayetteville, to organize employees of Oberman and Company.

March 17, 2005. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette finally reports that the Arkansas Department of Human Services found that Wal-Mart Stores, with 3,971 of its 45,106 Arkansas employees on food stamps or Medicaid, 8.8%, had the highest percentage of all Arkansas employers with workers forced to seek public assistance.

March 17, 1898. The Arkansas Democrat boasts that the South has economic advantages over the North because Southern states gives big tax breaks to industry, and because Southern workers neither need nor want any increase in their wages.

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