Workers' Rights

Timeline created by Kylie Vines
  • Slavery Codes Inception

    Slavery Codes Inception
    First slavery codes begin trend of making African servants slaves for life. While different colonies had different ideas of slavery laws, there were a few common standards. Slaves were consider property, they were not allowed to own land, and they were not allowed to gather without the presence of a white person.
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    Bacon's Rebellion
    Servants and slaves in Virginia create a rebellion against unfair treatment.
  • Mill Girl Turnout

    Mill Girl Turnout
    The very first turnout of "mill girls in Lowel, Massachusets to protest againt wage cuts. These women lived on the mill, and the owner wanted to reduce wages as profit decreased
  • Seneca Falls

    Seneca Falls
    Seneca Falls women’s rights convention. While Women mainly focussed on woman's social rights, they also looked at economic equality.
  • Molly Maguires

    Molly Maguires
    The national uprising of railroad workers that resulted in the hanging of ten Irish coal miners ("Molly Maguires") in Pennsylvania.
  • Pullman Boycott

    Pullman Boycott
    The boycott of Pullman sleeping cars leads to general strike on railroads.
  • Women's Trade Union League

    Women's Trade Union League
    Women’s Trade Union League formed at AFL convention. The Wome's Trade Union was a coalition between wealthy society women and working class women. They fought for unionization, so women would be able to work in healthy conditions and be paid fairly for their work.
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

    Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
    1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory in fire in New York kills nearly 150 workers
  • New American Federation of Labor President

    New American Federation of Labor President
    Samuel Gompers dies and William Green becomes new AFL president
  • Stock Market Crash

    Stock Market Crash
    The stock market crashes as stocks fall 40 percent, unemployment rises, and the Great Depression begins.
  • First Minimum Wage

    First Minimum Wage
    Fair Labor Standards Act establishes first minimum wage and 40-hour week Congress of industrial Organizations forms as an independent federation
  • National War Labor Board

    National War Labor Board
    U.S. troops enter combat in World Wal II and the National War Labor Board is created with union members. The National War Labor Board was responsible for keeping labor disputes short, and ensuring that progress was not interupted in any way during war time.
  • Largest Strike in U.S. history

    Largest Strike in U.S. history
    This year marks the largest strike wave in U.S. history, becasue of the build-up of labor disputes over the course of World War II, when strikes were greatly discouraged.
  • Civil Rights Act

    Civil Rights Act
    Civil Rights Act bans institutional forms of racial discrimination, this greatly affects the way people are treated and hired in the work place.
  • Black Trade Union

    Black Trade Union
    The coalition of Black Trade Unionists is formed. This is the unionization of African Americans in different trades, that were fighting for fair treatment.
  • Pride at Work

    Pride at Work
    Pride at Work, a national coalition of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender workers and their supporters, becomes an AFL-CIO constituency group and AFL-CIO membership grows. This program ensures equality for a all lesbians, gay, bisexual, and trangenders in the workplace.
  • Protest of the Free Trade Area

    Protest of the Free Trade Area
    40,000 union activists and allies protest the Free Trade Area of the Americas in Quebec City and Canada. This is the largest anti-globalization mobilization to date.
  • Free Choice Act

    Free Choice Act
    In April the Employee Free Choice Act is reintroduced into the U.S. Congress as bipartisan legislation, winning support from 182 House members and 37 Senate co-sponsors by June 2005. This act means that workers have the right to form a union at any time if they belilieve their democratic rights are under attack.