Oregon Catholic nun considered pioneer in labor movement

Hopefully between cookouts we took a few moments during our holiday weekend to reflect upon the true meaning of Labor Day.

In an Aug. 29 article about Holy Names Sister Miriam Theresa Gleason, the Catholic Sentinel — newspaper of the Archdiocese of Portland and the Diocese of Baker , both in eastern Oregon — reflects on her contributions to the labor movement in the early 20th century, even in her days as a young lay woman.

Details are given about her life, the time she spent infiltrating Portland factories in 1912 to survey working conditions, and how her efforts in 1913 helped bring about the nation’s first enforceable minimum wage law, guaranteeing minors $1 a day and adults $8 to $9 per week, depending on the industry.

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