Workers' Rights Timeline By faythesangalang May 14, 1607 Jamestwon Colony English planters discovered Jamestown colony in Virginia on the banks of the James River. These planters complained about lack of laborers. Sep 19, 1676 Bacon's Rebellion Nathaniel Bacon lead the servants and slaves in Virginia against the rule of Willian Berkeley. On this day, they burned down Jamestown. Dec 16, 1773 Boston Tea Party Laborers protest royal taxation in the Boston Tea Party. These laborers seized 342 chests of tea and threw them into the harbor. Apr 19, 1775 American Revolution The American Revolution begins. It was a revolution for America's independence. Jul 19, 1848 Seneca Falls Convention The Seneca Falls women's rights convention took place. It lasted for two days. This convention was led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Feb 22, 1860 Great Shoemaker's Strike Shoemakers in New England went on a strike against their employers. Jan 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation President Abraham Lincoln issues the final Emancipation Proclamation which states that all slaves shall be free. Dec 6, 1865 13th Amendment to the Constitution The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, is ratified. Nov 12, 1866 National Labor Union (Unknown Month and Day) National Labor Union, the first national labor federation in America, was founded. Feb 3, 1870 15th Amendment to the Consitution The 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which states that the right to vote shall not be abrogated by color, was adopted. Sep 5, 1882 First Labor Day Parade About 10,000 workers joined together in New York City in the first Labor Day Parade. Dec 8, 1886 American Federation of Labor The American Federation of Labor was founded. Nov 12, 1903 Women's Trade Union League (Unknown Month and Day) The Women's Trade Union League was formed by Jane Addams, Mary Anderson and other trade unionists at the AFL convention. Jun 27, 1905 Industrial Workers of the World The Industrial Workers of the World was founded in Chicago. Mar 25, 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire The Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York was caught on fire killing about 150 workers. Apr 6, 1917 World War I The United States enters World War I in the side of the Allies. Aug 18, 1920 19th Amendment to the Constitution The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants women the right to vote, was ratified. May 20, 1926 Railway Labor Act The Railway Labor Act was signed by President Coolidge. This Act set up procedures to settle railway labor disputes and forbids discrimination against union members. Mar 3, 1931 Davis-Bacon Act The Davis-Bacon Act was signed by President Hoover. It provides for prevailing wages on publicly funded construction projects Mar 23, 1932 Norris-LaGuardia Act The Norris-LaGuardia Act was passed. It prohibits federal injunctions in most labor disputes. Period: Jul 6, 1935 to Nov 9, 1935 Committee for Industrial Organization National Labor Relations Act (July 6, 1935) and Social Security Act (August 14, 1935) passed Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO) (November 9, 1935) formed within AFL. Nov 9, 1935 Committee for Industrial Organization National Labor Relations Act (July 6, 1935) and Social Security Act (August 14, 1935) passed Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO) formed within AFL. Apr 12, 1936 Labor's Non-Partisan League (Unknown Day) AFL and CIO create labor's Non-Partisan League and help President Roosevelt win re-election to a second term. Jun 25, 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act Fair Labor Standards Act establishes first minimum wage and 40-hour week Congress of industrial Organizations forms as an independent federation Nov 12, 1941 US troops enter WWII; National War Labor Union (Unknown Month and Day) U.S. troops enter combat in World War II National War Labor Board created with union members. Jun 23, 1947 Taft-Hartley Act Taft-Hartley Act restricts union members' activities. Sep 14, 1959 Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act The Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, also known as the Landrum-Griffin Act, was passed. Jul 2, 1964 Civil Rights Act The Civil Rights Act was passed. It bans institutional forms of racial discrimination. Apr 4, 1968 Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. ; Sanitation Workers Strike Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., during sanitation workers' strike. Dec 29, 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act The Occupational Safety and Health Act was signed by President Nixon. Sep 12, 1972 Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (Unknown Day) The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists formed. It was formed by William Lucy, Nelson Edwards, William Simons, Charles Hayes and Cleveland Robinson. Nov 16, 1973 Labor Council for Latin American Advancement The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement was founded. Mar 24, 1974 Coalition of Labor Union Women The Coalition of Labor Union Women was founded. May 12, 2001 Alliance for Retired Americans (Unknown Day) AFL-CIO launches Alliance for Retired Americans to recruit activists and mobilize older Americans. May 12, 2002 Industrial Union Council (Unknown Day) The AFL-CIO forms the Industrial Union Council (IUC) to revitalize manufacturing, combat destructive international trade agreements, and defend workers’ rights. Mar 1, 2007 Employee Free Choice Act The U.S. House of Representatives passes the Employee Free Choice Act with a vote of 241-185. Jul 12, 2008 Union Veterans Council (Unknown Day) The AFL-CIO establishes the Union Veterans Council.