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Today in labor history: The UMW occupation at Pittston Moss 3 plant

In 1989, 98 UMWA members and a minister occupied the Pittston Coal Company's Moss 3 preparation plant in Carbon, Virginia, the most important act of civil disobedience during the Pittston strike.

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Steelworkers cheer Mexican court ruling clearing union leader Gomez Urrutia

The ruling clearing independent union leader Napoleon Gomez Urrutia of all remaining charges, paves the way for him to return to daily presidency of his union, Los Mineros.

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Today in labor history: The murder of Fannie Sellins

William Z. Foster, leader of the great steel strike of 1919, called Sellins one of the best of a whole corps of organizers, with an exceptional belief in the workers.

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The Ludlow Massacre: Never to be forgotten!

 The tragic, brutal and deadly attack on striking miners and their families shocked, saddened and outraged working people and most Americans.

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Today in labor history: 109 coal miners die in explosion

The coal miners were underpaid Eastern Europeans who were told not to complain about their substandard and dangerous working conditons.

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When miners’ children died: Italian Hall massacre, 100 years later

The disaster shook the people of Calumet and surrounding communities in the copper-rich Keweenaw region of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Today in labor history: Miners' National Association forms

It sought to unite all miners as workers in a single industrial union, regardless of skill level or ethnicity.

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Miners reach retiree settlement with Patriot Coal

TRIANGLE, Va.- The United Mine Workers of America has reached a global settlement with Peabody Energy and Patriot Coal that will provide funding of more than $400 million to cover future health care benefits for retirees affected by the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal.

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Today in labor history: Labor journalist Mary Heaton Vorse is born

 

She reported on the Lawrence textile strike, the steel strike of 1919, the textile workers strike of 1934, and coal strikes in Harlan County, Kentucky. After reporting on the Loray Mill strike in Gastonia, N. C., in 1929, she wrote her famous novel, "Strike!"

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Senator: Coal mine owners treat workers as "property"

WASHINGTON (PAI)-The nation's coal mine owners "so victimize" their workers that the workers "come as close to being property as anyone I can imagine," a leading congressional advocate for the miners says.

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