Labor News

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1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strike, one key precursor to Wagner Act

The strike brought all trucking inside the city to a standstill; two strikers died from the police shotgun blasts and 65-67 more were wounded.

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Today in labor history: The strange case of Allan Pinkerton

But despite his earlier involvement in the progressive movements, Allan Pinkerton was strongly opposed to labor unions.

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Minnesota health care workers beat down right wing court challenge

If Service Employees win, it would be the largest union election and organizing victory in Minnesota history and one of the largest in the U.S. in the last several years.

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Trumka: Workers "confused, angry, frustrated, scared"

But the mass movement of low-wage workers, fighting for better wages and working conditions and the right to organize, is helping show the way out of the morass.

Teamsters battle senator’s scheme to lengthen truckers’ hours behind the wheel

"We cannot afford to add to driver fatigue by rolling back hours-of-service regulations, which were carefully crafted over the course of more than two decades."

Today in labor history: Historic Buffalo switchmen's strike

On this day workers on three railroads in Buffalo, New York, went on strike for two weeks, one of the first work stoppages to attempt coordinated actions.

Golden Gate Bridge workers authorize a strike

The 450 workers in the 13 unions that comprise the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition have authorized a strike if a new agreement cannot be reached.

Today in labor history: Zeigfield Follies chorus girls form union

It happened on August 12, 1919. The chorus girls in his Ziegfeld Follies formed their own union, the Chorus Equity Association. 

NLRB official: Mercedes breaks labor law at Alabama auto plant

The UAW effort in Alabama is part of the union's new focus on organizing autoworkers at foreign "transplant" plants in the South.

British MPs cry when they tour North Carolina tobacco farm

Two members of the British Parliament got a first hand look at the deplorable working conditions that thousands of tobacco workers in North Carolina endure.