Century's Top 10 Labor Accomplishments

Shortly before Labor Day, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) polled historians and labor scholars from Harvard, Yale, Cornell, MIT and the Economic Policy Institute to rank labor's most significant accomplishments of the century.  Here are the results:


Congress of Industrial Organizations founded by John L. Lewis (1938)

Social Security Act (1935)

National Labor Relations Act (1935)

General Motors Sit-Down Strikes (1936-37)

Civil Rights Act/Title VII  (1964)

Public-Sector Organizing (1962-80)

Fair Labor Standards Act (1938)

"Bread and Roses" Strike (1912)

World War II Support

Occupational Safety and Health Act (1969)

President Roberts applauded the panel's rankings, saying, "John L. Lewis' fight to establish the CIO is legendary and worthy of this honor.  Had it not been for his vision and determination, organized labor would never have flourished the way it did.  The movement owes much to John L. Lewis.


United Mine Workers Journal---Sept.-Oct 1999

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