As union membership declines, the gig economy continues to grow, and automation becomes an increasing priority, the labor rights movement in the U.S. faces stiff challenges. The Onion presents a timeline of key events in the labor rights movement. 1619 The first labor strike on U.S. soil is organized by Bernie Sanders. 1903 The Women’s Trade Union League forms, immediately and permanently equalizing the American workforce. 1911 The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire inspires many to think the country might be better if workers didn’t die in mass numbers all the time. 1938 Parents nationwide bemoan the passage of child labor laws. 1940 Woody Guthrie vastly overestimates just how much land was made for you and me. 1963 The Equal Pay Act is created to gaslight women who try to argue they’re being paid less than male colleagues. 1970 The Occupational Safety and Health Act passes, requiring employers to hang those laminated posters in the break room. 1981-1989 Reagan. Oof. 2008 After not receiving a holiday bonus, Subway sandwich maker Mark Purcell smuggles home several pounds of sliced turkey without drawing attention from his manager. 2025 Demanding better work conditions, Netflix’s AI stops providing users with movie recommendations.