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THIS WEEK IN LABOR HISTORY - December 4


President Roosevelt announces the end of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), concluding the four-year run of one of the American government's most ambitious public works programs. It helped create jobs for roughly 8.5 million people during the Great Depression and left a legacy of highways and public buildings, among other public gains - 1943
 
UAW President Walter Reuther elected president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations - 1952
 
Cesar Chavez jailed for 20 days for refusing to end United Farm Workers' grape boycott - 1970