On this date in Labour History …

October 18, 1648: The “Shoemakers of Boston”—the first labor organization in what would later become the United States—was authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Their goal was to set a quality standard and eliminate the shoddy workmanship. (sound familiar?)

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October 18, 1939: Some 58,000 Chrysler Corp. workers strike for wage increase

Source: Union Communication Services