CWA Local 1033 Education & Equity October Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Union Facts

CWA Local 1033 stands with all those who have been affected by breast cancer.  We remind you to schedule your mammograms.  Early detection is the best detection.  Breast cancer not only affects women but also men.  


1914 – President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act — often referred to as “Labor’s Magna Carta” — establishing that unions are not “conspiracies” under the law.  It for the first-time freed unions to strike, picket and boycott employers.  In the years that followed, however, numerous state measures and negative court interpretations have weakened the law.

 – The “Shoemakers of Boston” — the first Labor organization in what would later become the United States — was authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1943 – The United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA) was formed as a self-governing union, an outgrowth of the CIO’s Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee.  UPWA merged with the Meatcutters union in 1968, which merged with the Retail Clerks in 1979 to form the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

On October 24, 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  President Roosevelt had signed it two years earlier. The story actually began on Saturday, June 25, 1938, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed 121 bills.  Sadly, it wasn’t until after two years of the U.S. Congress tampering with and watering down the bill that the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) became the law of the land.