Sunday, May 31, 2009

This Date in Arkansas Labor History

May 31, 1936. St. Francis County Judge E. A. Rolfe and Sheriff J. M. Campbell ask Governor Futrell to send Arkansas National Guard to put down Southern Tenant Farmers Union strikers asking for higher wages.

May 31, 1960. Local Union No. 131 of the Glass Bottle Blowers Association (AFL-CIO) prevails in federal court, enforcing arbitration for claim of wrongful discharge of a union member by Arkansas Glass Container Corp.

May 31, 1965. Arkansas Supreme Court holds that involuntarily unemployed workers of the International Shoe Company were entitled to unemployment benefits denied by company after two-week shut-down of two plants in 1963.

1 comment:

cindy said...

Love your post on the Southern Tenant Farmers Union. This year (2009) marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the union in Tyronza, Poinsett County, Arkansas. To honor the memory of those sharecropper and tenant farmer families the Southern Tenant Farmers Musuem (an Arkansas State University Heritage Site) is hosting a symposium on the union and its legacy on Friday, October 30, 2009 on the campus of Arkansas State University. The event is free and open to the public. The symposium will be followed by evening of museum tours, music, and food at the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza. For further information check the STFM website at