Labor News


Today in labor history: General Motors agrees to end employment discrimination

The turnaround came ten years after the commission had filed a complaint that African Americans, Latinos, other minorities, and women were being unfairly treated.


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!"


Groups launch new initiative for women’s equality

Women's organizations, activists, and lawmakers launched a women's economic intiative that includes not just reproductive rights but pay equity, good jobs, and economic justice.


As matter of survival, unions double down on diversity

The 50-plus unions of the AFL-CIO redoubled its efforts to diversify its ranks and leadership with more women, workers of color, LGBT and young workers.


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.


Domestic workers come out of shadows, into labor movement

LOS ANGELES - Maria says she began working for an elderly woman, cleaning her house and preparing her meal, but the duties soon increased yet her wages didn't.


Today in labor history: Women win right to vote, Women’s Equality Day declared

On Aug. 26, 1920, women finally won the right to vote when the necessary number of states ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.


Sweatshops in America? Yes, at T-Mobile call centers

T-Mobile call center employees are forced to work in a highly stressful setting that demands they meet unrealistic quotas with only a short amount of time to handle customer requests.


Today in labor history: 100,000 march on D.C. for ERA

On July 9, 1978, over 100,000 marched on Washington D.C. in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.


Today in labor history: Labor organizer "Mother" Bloor born

On July 8, 1862, labor organizer and leading communist Ella Reeve "Mother" Bloor was born on Staten Island, N.Y.

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