Labor News

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Today in history: first U.S. postage stamps issued, and what that means

On this date in 1847, the Post Office Department (now called the U.S. Postal Service), issued its first two postage stamps.

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Picking peas should bring a better life

We're doing it so that our children can leave the fields and move forward. I want to give them a better life.

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Virginia Democratic primaries a victory for labor-backed candidates

The June 9 Democratic primary in Virginia ended in a clean sweep for a new labor and community group's roster of candidates.

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Why 2016 is all about raising pay

How has the middle class dissolved and childhood poverty risen while we continue to create more millionaires and billionaires?

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Labor-led coalition deals blow to trade deal

The TPP deal would trash workers' rights, kill jobs, and open the floodgates to new rounds of outsourcing.

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With House vote looming, labor turns up heat on trade

Unionists continue to campaign to get lawmakers to reject the scheme that would grease the skids for secret trade pacts.

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Underfunding, one-person crews share responsibility for deadly Amtrak crash

"It strains our collective memory to think of a case where we attack a problem by defunding it when we want a positive outcome."

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Today in history: Supreme Court okays sit-down strikes

In 1940, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Apex Hosiery Co. v. Leader that a sit-down strike was not a violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.

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Labor launches hotline for millions buried under student debt

Over 40 million Americans are buried under a mountain of student loan debt.

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Some wins, some losses for workers in state battles

Elections have consequences; Indiana's GOP governor killed prevailing wages and wage theft protection and undermined union organizing rights.

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