January

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Today in black history: First black quarterback inducted into NFL Hall of Fame

He won five Grey Cups, and is notable for helping to erase the prejudice within the world of sports that black quarterbacks could not succeed in professional football.

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NNU: Big hospital chain retaliates vs. nurses who led patient safety campaign

"These disgraceful firings are being carried out in direct retaliation for the public advocacy of these courageous nurses."

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Unions: Senate postal overhaul would axe 100,000 workers

The latest Postal Service overhaul bill, which stalled after the relevant Senate committee started work on it on Jan. 29, would axe 100,000 jobs.

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Today in labor history: Deadly chemical plant explosion in 1971

On Feb. 3, 1971 there was a major explosion at the Thiokol Chemical Plant located near Woodbine, Georgia.

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Today in labor history: 13th Amendment abolishes slavery

The amendment said, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude ... shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

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Today in labor history: The International Labor Organization founded

After the devastation of WWI, a commission was established to pursue a vision based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can be established only if it is based on social justice, and the ILO was founded.

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Northwestern University footballers file union election cards

With virtually unanimous player support, and Steelworker backing, football players at Northwestern University filed a formal petition and signed union recognition election cards.

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Today in Labor history: Pancho Villa escapes capture

On January 28, 1917 the United States government gave up the search for Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa. What is officially known in the United States as the "Mexican Expedition" started March 14, 1916 and involved 5,000 U.S military personnel lead by Major General John J. Pershing.

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Today in labor history: Rubber workers start huge sit-down strike

The sit-down tactic proved extremely effective. Workers literally sat in at their jobs and refused to leave. As a result, the company was unable to hire scab replacements.

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Connecticut child care providers voting on their first union contract

Home child care workers in Connecticut are poised to win their first union contract, with a vote count scheduled for Feb. 14.

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