Labor

German advance to Moscow

October 26, 1941 – The German Drive To Moscow – Eye On The Middle-East – Labor Troubles At Home.

News for this October 26th in 1941 was about the War in Europe and ominous reports coming from the Eastern Front. The German Army was slowly advancing into Southern Russia, with an objective believed to be the Caucasus, and beyond that, the Middle East. Many observers were speculating that, by...

FDR talks about Taxes

October 21, 1936 – FDR Talks About Taxes And Social Security – Campaign ’36

With all the talk about Taxes and Social Security and all the fear being bandied about in recent years, here are a few words on that subject, delivered by President Roosevelt during a campaign stop in Worcester, Massachusetts on October 21, 1936, 79 years ago. President Roosevelt: “I want to...

What about James Watt?

October 16, 1983 – What About Watt – What About Lebanon – What About Continental Airlines?

Further evidence Capitol Hill has always been capable of leaving the nation breathless. This October 16th in 1983 saw the long hoped-for resignation of Interior Secretary James G. Watt. Known famously for acknowledged dunderhead quotes and strange policies, Watt finally announced his resignation. One such acrid bon mot came during...

Dewey Campaign - 1948

September 14, 1948 – Anticipating A Dewey Landslide – San Francisco Strikes – Deadly Train Crash In Korea.

September 14, 1948 – NBC Radio News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – September 14, 1948 – The 1948 Presidential Campaign was in full swing. Polls were showing a decided Dewey-Warren upset, with Gubernatorial primaries showing overwhelming GOP support, and a dramatic uptick in Republicans turning out. Most thought it...

President Johnson - The White House - 1965

September 3,1965 – White House Averts A Steel Strike – Presidents Being Presidential

September 3, 1965 – President Johnson – The White House Announcement of Settlement of Steel Dispute – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – September 3, 1965 – When a Steel strike threatened to disrupt a fragile American economy, the White House intervened and narrowly averted a potentially protracted and disastrous labor...

President Reagan

August 18, 1981 – The Budget Deficit And Increased Defense Spending – Reagan On Air Traffic Controllers: “I’m Sure They Were Nice People” – Cracking Down On Crime.

August 18, 1981 – CBS Radio – Frontline Report – World News Roundup – Newsbreak – 9:00 news – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. August 18, 1981 – President Reagan was front-and-center in this news this day. Worries over the budget deficit had many scrambling to figure out what went and...

Postal Strike - 1978 (photo: Washington Spark)

July 20, 1978 – Another Looming Postal Strike – Labor Troubles Nationwide – A Sea Of Picket Signs.

July 20, 1978 – Another Postal Strike was looming in the horizon. In a period of double-digit inflation, the Carter administration sought to hold wage increases to 5.5 percent per year while the postal unions were seeking a 14 percent increase in the first year of an agreement. With contract...

WPA Workers - 1939

June 23, 1939 – The WPA – Rep. Kent Keller: “There Is No Excuse For Starvation”

We’re here because you are – chip in by clicking on the link right here: Become a Patron! The WPA (Works Progress Administration) – The WPA Conference in Washington D.C. being held on June 26, 1939. Ahead of that conference, Congressman Kent E. Keller gave a radio address on the...

Unions 1947

June 19, 1947 – Unions And Strike Votes – Rent Control Legislation – Capitol Hill And Harry Truman.

If you haven’t already, consider: Become a Patron! June 19, 1947 – A relatively calm day. Or calm before the storm, depending on how you looked at it. The matter at hand had to do with Unions and America’s labor force – the issue of strikes and the quality of...

President Harry Truman - April 8, 1952

April 8, 1952 – President Truman Issues Executive Order 10340 – The White House Seizes Control Of The Steel Industries

April 8, 1952 – President Harry Truman issues Executive Order over the Steel Strike – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Become a Patron! From 1950-1953, the United States was involved in the Korean War. To fund the war, Truman originally wanted to increase taxes and implement credit controls to limit...