Labor News


Quill Pettway, 94: A giant laid to rest

Quill Pettway, labor organizer and civil rights pioneer was part of a generation of Communists and radicals who made Detroit's rich labor and civil rights history.



To honor of King they marched for lives in Los Angeles

Over 3000 marchers and tens of thousands of observers lined up along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in solidarity with the theme Black Lives Matter.


Today in labor history: Black labor union formed

On January 13 in 1869 over 200 black delegates met in Washington D.C. to form the National Labor Union;  the word "colored" was added by the establishment press.


Today in labor history: National Museum of African American History signed into law

It is the only national museum devoted to the study of black life and culture.


Teachers union president protests injustice on Eric Garner case

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten was arrested Dec. 4, in New York City while protesting the lack of justice in the recent police shootings.


Today in labor history: Rosa Parks takes a stand by sitting down

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, 42 years old, was arrested in Montgomery, Ala., for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus.


Walmart workers start to walk off job nationwide

"From Ferguson to Bentonville and across the country, black youth, Walmart workers, and allies are self-organizing to fight back."


Today in labor history: Nat Turner captured

On this day in 1831, Nat Turner, leader of one of the largest slave revolts in U.S. history was captured.


Why labor has stake in fighting for racial equality

"I'm going to stray from my usual convention speech; I'm going to talk about something that may be difficult and uncomfortable, but what I'm going to say needs to be said."


Today in labor history: Workers take part in protest against bank

On this day in 1963, in East St. Louis, Illinois, 200 people - 170 of them female, and majority African-American - engaged in a sit-in protest.

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