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U.S. Department of Labor

  • William H. Taft Born

    William H. Taft Born
    Taft is the president that signed the bill officially creating the "U.S. Department of Labor".
  • A Social Battle begins.

    A Social Battle begins.
    On this year, a social war began to wage to improve conditions for health and safety. Between WW1 and the Civil War the conditions were very poor.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics Collects Employment

    Bureau of Labor Statistics Collects Employment
  • Coal Strike of 1902

    Coal Strike of 1902
    President Roosevelt was injured, and the president at the time of the 1902 coal strikes. In an unprecedented action, he summoned both parties involved the D.C. to discuss the problem before it invoked social war.
  • U.S. Department of Labor formed.

    U.S. Department of Labor formed.
    William H Taft signs the law creating a U.S. Department of Labor.
  • First Department Secretary

    First Department Secretary
    William B. Wilson became the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Black Workers under Woodrow Wilson

    Black Workers under Woodrow Wilson
    Following the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, sparking WW1. There were many people trying to make free black workers work under slave conditions, in order to prepare for possible wartime. This went against laws, and Wilson did not allow it.
  • Benefits for sick and injured workers created.

    Benefits for sick and injured workers created.
  • Department of Labor takes an important role during WW1

    Department of Labor takes an important role during WW1
    During WW1, the department kept resources flowing and kept labor running the country.
  • James J. Davis becomes the head of the DoL

    James J. Davis becomes the head of the DoL
  • William N. Doak succeeds James J. Davis.

    William N. Doak succeeds James J. Davis.
  • The Wagner-Peyser act

    The Wagner-Peyser act
    The Wagner-Peyser act revitalizes various employment offices to help the DoL
  • Frances Perkins

    Frances Perkins
    Frances was the first woman appointed to the cabinet, she was also the secretary of labor during the Great Depression.
  • The Walsh-Healey Act

    The Walsh-Healey Act
    An act that ensures that products will be made effectively and efficiently over an 8 hours work day.
  • 40 hour week established.

    40 hour week established.
    On this date, a 40 hour work week was established, and anything over that becomes overtime. There were also laws passed in this time to prohibit child labor.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act

    Fair Labor Standards Act
    The Fair Labor Standards Act was officially brought into action on this date. This set the maximum work week at 44 hours a week, and nearly abolished illegal child labor.
  • Lewis Schwellenbach influences the department

    Lewis Schwellenbach influences the department
    Lewis Schwellenbach becomes the secretary of the department of Labor. He also ran for the office of WA state governor, He did serve as a senator and a federal district judge. He served as infantry in WWI, and opposes anti-immigrant legislation.
  • Harry S. Truman begins combatting child labor.

    Harry S. Truman begins combatting child labor.
    President Harry Truman begins appointing bureaus and signing laws to combat child labor.
  • Maurice Tobin appointed

    Maurice Tobin appointed
    Maurice Tobin is known as "a man of action," he had a very successful career. He started his career as the youngest ever elected representative of Massachusetts, at the age of 25. He later beat 4-term mayor of Boston, James Curley. He goes on to become governor of Massachusetts before being appointed secretary of labor. As secretary, he supports the Fair Employment Practices Bill.
  • Martin Durkin- the Plumber.

    Martin Durkin- the Plumber.
    Martin Durkin is known for being part of Dwight Eisenhower's cabinet, despite being a plumbers apprentice. He resigned less than a year after being appointed secretary of labor, becoming the shortest serving secretary in the dept.s history. With the help of Frances Perkins, he becomes director of labor for Illinois.
  • Manpower Development act of 1962

    Manpower Development act of 1962
    On this date, a new act was signed that improved conditions to train and employ workers.
  • The Job Safety Law of 1970

    The Job Safety Law of 1970
    In 1970, Richard Nixon signed this law which gives the Federal Gov't authority to enforce health and safety standards.
  • Tragedy in the Uranium mines

    Tragedy in the Uranium mines
    On this day, it was discovered that people being subject to uranium in mines were developing cancer due to it. This sparked changes to national health and safety laws.
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