In 1940, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Apex Hosiery Co. v. Leader that a sit-down strike was not a violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
Drivers gathered before sunrise, carrying signs and wearing reflective safety vests as they began picketing company trucks.
The drivers demand that trucking firms recognize them as employees and bargain with them if they select the Teamsters.
"I love my job, but it has been very difficult. I clean sixteen rooms every day. When I get home from work I feel pain all over my body."
On this date in 1968, the Memphis Sanitation Strike came to an end.
"We will continue the strike until we get a fair contract and a safer workplace."
The workers' demands center on health and safety issues, contracting jobs out to non-union workers and health care.
As a result of Canadian laws and attitudes, union density there is at least double that in the U.S.
"Management cannot continue to resist allowing workers a stronger voice on issues that could very well make the difference between life and death for too many of them."
The automobile mechanics strike here at Al Piemonte Chevrolet, now over 30 weeks long, has deteriorated into a lock-out situation.