When selecting our host city for AIHce EXP, part of our mission is to pick a location that aligns with our mission to advance worker health and safety. Not only does Minneapolis have a rich history of trailblazing in labor conditions and women in the workplace, today, it’s also a great bastion for young professionals.
Before we look at the city of Minneapolis you’ll get to experience at AIHce EXP 2019, let’s take a look at some of the pivotal points that shaped its history. Our 80th AIHce EXP takes place in May, coinciding with the 85th anniversary of the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934. While unions were gaining strength across the rest of the nation by 1934, Minneapolis local business owners had been successful in keeping unions at bay. Members of the trucking industry led the union movement in Minneapolis. It was the persistence of the General Drivers Local 574 that gained support for unions and paved the way for the National Labor Relations Act of 1935.
Fast forward to 1970, when we met Mary Richards, an unmarried, independent woman focused on her career in Minneapolis. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was trailblazing in its own right, not just as a television show with complex characters and storylines but also with the way it brought the challenges of women in the workplace to everyone’s living rooms. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was groundbreaking television in the era of second-wave feminism. We’re looking forward to seeing the five statues (located around the city) of the character who continues to inspire young women.
It’s this rich history of individuals and groups that brought attention to conditions in the workplace that paved the way for Minneapolis to become a booming city for young professionals today. In fact, the millennial population in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region has grown by 25 percent since 2008.
We couldn’t be more excited to have our AIHce EXP event in such a vibrant city with an abundant history as we continue to lead the way in finding solutions to improve workers’ health and safety.
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