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    Today's Labor History
    This week’s Labor History Today podcast: Stand! The new hit labor musical
    Last week’s show: The Vancouver Island Coal Strike; Skyscraper Labor.  

    January 22
    Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California - 1826

    Birth of Terence V. Powderly, leader of the Knights of Labor - 1849

    The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, OH with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National progressive Miners Union - 1890

    Five hundred New York City tenants battle police to prevent evictions - 1932


    January 23
    10,000 clothing workers strike in Rochester, NY for the 8 hour day, a 10% wage increase, union recognition, and extra pay for overtime and holidays. Daily parades were held throughout the clothing district and there was at least one instance of mounted police charging the crowd of strikers and arresting 25 picketers. Six people were wounded over the course of the strike and one worker, 18 year old Ida Breiman, was shot to death by a sweatshop contractor. The strike was called off in April after manufacturers agreed not to discriminate against workers for joining a union - 1913


    January 24
    Krueger Cream Ale, the first canned beer, goes on sale in Richmond, Va. Pabst was the second brewer in the same year to sell beer in cans, which came with opening instructions and the suggestion: "cool before serving" - 1935

    Federal minimum wage increases to 75¢ an hour - 1952

    - David Prosten

    Labor Quote: President Joe Biden

    “(I’ll be) the most pro-union president you’ve ever seen.”

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  • Wounded Warrior Leave Act
    Posted On: Aug 05, 2016

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

                 Contact: OPM Office of Communications

           August 4, 2016

              (202) 606-2402 or media@opm.gov

    Newly Established Leave Policy Gives Disabled Veterans

    More Time to Address Medical Issues

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will be issuing final regulations on August 5th to implement the newly created disabled veteran leave category.  Established under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 (Wounded Warriors Act), disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.  The Wounded Warriors Act established the effective date of implementation one year after passage of the Act, which will be November 5, 2016. 

    “This rule ensures the Federal Government supports our service members who have sacrificed their own health and well-being to serve our country.  We know this is something they need,” said Acting OPM Director Beth Cobert.  “We want these veterans to have sufficient leave during their first year of Federal service in order to take care of any medical issues related to their service-connected disability,” added Cobert.

    Disabled veteran leave is available as a one-time benefit during a 12-month period beginning on an eligible employee’s “first day of employment” and may not exceed 104 hours for a regular full-time employee.  Disabled veteran leave can only be used for undergoing medical treatment of a qualifying service-connected disability, which was incurred or aggravated in the line of active duty.

    Eligible employees must be “hired” on or after November 5, 2016. OPM regulations define the term “hired” to include:

    • Newly hired with no previous Federal service;
    • Reappointed with at least a 90-day break in service; and
    • Military reservists or members of the National Guard who return to duty in their civilian positions after a period of military service

    While current Federal employees who were hired before November 5, 2016 are not eligible for disabled veteran leave, the Federal Government offers a wide range of leave options and workplace flexibilities to assist employees who need to be away from the workplace, including disabled veterans who must take time off from work to receive medical treatment for their service-connected disabilities.   

    In the coming weeks, OPM will be providing an information session to all agencies to ensure they are prepared to implement this new leave category.

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