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July 09, 2020

On This Day in 1966
From July 8 to August 19, 1966, over 35,000 airline workers across the nation employed by five airlines went on strike. After several years of stilted wage gains as the airline industry invested heavily in jet technology, aircraft mechanics and other ground service workers represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) were anxious to share in the substantial profits of 1965. Facing a bargaining impasse between the IAM and the five carriers (United, Northwest, National, Trans World and Eastern) covered in the industry’s first multi-carrier labor contract, a Presidential Emergency Board presented a “compromise” package. In the summer of 1966, IAM members rejected this compromise and walked off the job in the largest strike in airline history. For 43 days during the peak summer travel season, 60 percent of the U.S. commercial airline industry was literally inoperative as 35,000 workers stayed out on strike.
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As States Reopen, Workers, Executives Want Gov’t to Make Masks Mandatory
Posted On: Jun 25, 2020
June 25, 2020 | SAFETY & HEALTH | Business executives and front-line workers are pushing government officials to require customers to wear masks, a step that could allow companies to avoid alienating a portion of the public. As coronavirus cases surge around the U.S. following reopenings in numerous states, public-health experts and many in the broader public consider the face coverings essential for slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. An equally vocal group opposes mask requirements because they think they curtail personal liberty or for other reasons. Rules vary by state and even by municipality, and some executives have said the issue would be simpler if governments ordered them to require masks, so they could tell reluctant customers that they are simply abiding by regulations. Las Vegas casino workers on Monday called on Nevada’s state leaders to require casino customers to wear masks, which have been encouraged but optional since Nevada allowed gambling to resume starting June 4… Wall Street Journal









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