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Today in labor history: Panama Canal, built by 75,000, opens

On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal officially opened, after 32 years of construction and an estimated 28,000 worker deaths.

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Today in labor history: Anarchist fails to kill steel magnate

Alexander Berkman took a shot at and stabbed but failed to kill Henry Clay Frick, the steel magnate.

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June 19: workers, families occupy Akron, Youngstown, and Hawaii

Today in labor history ... an Occupy trio: 1934 first sit-down strike, 1937 Women's Day Massacre and 1953 four-day general strike in Hawaii.

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Can labor recover from its critics? A reply to Francis Fox-Piven

The labor movement has more than its share of critics. It seems like nearly everyone is ready to give it advice, whether solicited or not.

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Unions and the middle class: What’s in a name?

Defending the middle class has become a central theme in labor's fightback.

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Republicans target labor

Before the dust had settled on the 2010 elections, the Chamber of Commerce, the corporate-secret-donor political action committees and the far right began to move into attack mode against the labor movement. After all, they expect a good return on the hundreds of millions of dollars they spent buying Congress.

Do you make too much money?

Do you, the reader, think you make too much money?Because there are many who think public sector workers do!

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Child labor in the U.S.A.

How inviting it looks, the fruit laid out for us in grocery stores and supermarkets in a profusion of bright color.

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It's still Main Street versus Wall Street

Over the past few months, we've had conversations across our union and across our country about how to improve the lives and future of working families.

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Retraining for what? Auto ripple effect hits hospitals ... and jobs

DETROIT — “Hospitals brace for next hit” ran the headline in last week’s Detroit Free Press. The article cites soaring patient debt and free care for the uninsured as reasons for hospitals losing money.

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