Labor News

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Ethiopian immigrant Tefere Gebre shakes up labor organizing

Gebre's first attempt at union organizing in Orange County was a smashing success. He successfully signed up 400 workers who toiled as sorters of trash.

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How to build our union movement: Ideas from LA

LOS ANGELES - As the AFL-CIO prepared to open its national convention here, two dozen committed union members and supporters voiced a slew of ideas for revitalizing the U.S. labor movement.

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Today in labor history: Social reformer Jane Addams is born

Addams was a co-founder of Chicago's Hull House, a social Christian, and a leader in the women's suffrage and peace movements. She was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Today in labor history: School children strike in Wales

During August and September of 1911 there were strikes by schoolchildren in at least 62 towns and cities, showing the huge impact the rail strike had within working-class communities.

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Blueberry pickers strike at Labor Camp 2

When the blueberry picking started, the company fired Federico Lopez on July 10 for asking for a wage raise, and workers went on strike on July 11 to get his job back.

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A tribute to Paul C. Neal

Paul C. Neal died one month before his 64th birthday.In addition to many wonderful stories from his family, his union president and a minister who lived on his mail delivery route both spoke eloquently.

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Today in labor history: March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

On August 28, 1963, Maryland police reported, "By 8 a.m., 100 buses an hour were streaming through the Baltimore Harbor Tunne" heading for Washington, D.C.

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Fire Fighter leader blasts hypocritical politicians

The nation's politicians, from the federal government on down to city halls, are hypocritical in praising Fire Fighters and other first responders, then cutting public safety budgets.

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St. Louis fast food workers fight discrimination

St. Louis fast-food chains - among others across the nation - are attempting to intimidate low-wage activists, as they gear up for the nationwide strike. planned for this Thursday, August 29.

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Secretive Trans-Pacific ‘free trade’ deal threatens wages, jobs

Hundreds of activists marched through downtown Minneapolis on August 20 to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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