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October 23, 2014

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Oct. 23, 1902:  President Theodore Roosevelt establishes a fact-finding commission that suspends a nine-months-long strike by Western Pennsylvania coal miners fighting for better pay, shorter workdays and union recognition. The strikers ended up winning more pay for fewer hours, but failed to get union recognition. It was the first time that the federal government had intervened as a neutral arbitrator in a labor dispute.
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Teamsters Battle Scheme to Lengthen Truckers' Hours Behind the Wheel
Updated On: Aug 15, 2014
Aug. 15, 2014 | SAFETY & HEALTH | Saying that lengthening the consecutive hours truckers could stay behind the wheel endangers both truckers and other drivers, the Teamsters are battling a Republican senator's scheme to do just that. William "Jack" Dawson, a shop steward and safety trainer for Teamsters Local 745 in Dallas told the Senate Commerce Committee in late July that the longer hours would halt a federal plan to increase safety on the roads. "We cannot afford to add to driver fatigue by rolling back hours-of service (HOS) regulations which were carefully crafted over the course of more than two decades of rulemaking, several court challenges, thousands of pages of research and studies on sleep habits, rest periods, fatigue, and the best ways to ensure that truck drivers operate safely on our highways," Dawson told the committee. Continue reading here.
 
 
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