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Today in Labor History: Union formed, rich taxed, scaffolds made safer

On August 30, 1935 President Franklin Roosevelt's Wealth Tax Act increased taxes on the rich and big business and lowered taxes for small businesses

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Today in labor history: Katrina slams New Orleans

On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, leading to the worst natural (and also man-made) disaster in U.S. history.

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Today in labor history: W.E.B. Du Bois dies in Ghana

On this day in 1963 on the eve of the historic March on Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois died in Ghana.

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Today in Labor History: One of the first labor newspapers is published

On August 24, 1827, The Journeymen Mechanics' Advocate began publication in Philadelphia, the outgrowth of a strike by carpenters demanding a shorter, 10-hour day.

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Today in labor history: Air Line Stewardesses Association formed

Five flight attendants formed the Air Line Stewardesses Association, the first-ever labor union representing female flight attendants.

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Today in labor history: The Great Fire of 1910

The fire burned more than three million acres, an area larger than the size of the state of Connecticut, with at least 92 killed.

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Today in labor history: National Apprenticeship Act of 1937

This act of Congress, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, established a national advisory committee to research and draft regulations establishing minimum standards for apprenticeship programs.

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Today in labor history: Panama Canal, built by 75,000, opens

On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal officially opened, after 32 years of construction and an estimated 28,000 worker deaths.

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Today in labor history: Air Line Pilots Assocation founded in Chicago

A five-man Central Executive Council was established, dues were set, and the official motto became "Schedule with Safety."

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Today in history: UFCW formed

UFCW union was formed when the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workers of North America merged with the Retail Clerks International Union.

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