Labor News


Today in labor history: “Boom boom room” costs Wall Street in sex bias payout

Branch managers had been asking female employees to remove their tops in exchange for money. One office featured a "boom boom room" where women were told to "entertain" clients.


Today in labor history: Suffragette socialist Sylvia Pankhurst dies in 1960

Most people don't realize that a legendary suffragette, Sylvia Pankhurst, lived well into the mid-20th century.


Today in labor history: Textile workers ambushed

The AFL-CIO expanded Wiggins' grave marker in 1979, to include the phrase, "She died carrying the torch of social justice."


Today in labor history: Air Line Stewardesses Association formed

Five flight attendants formed the Air Line Stewardesses Association, the first-ever labor union representing female flight attendants.


Big British labor federation picks female leader

The Trades Union Congress, Great Britain's biggest labor federation, with 6.2 million members, elected Frances O'Grady as its General Secretary, its top administrative post.


Unions hit Romney on equal pay

A Republican minority in the Senate blocked a vote today on equal pay for women after unions and their allies challenged Romney to back the legislation.


Coalition asks members to lobby for Paycheck Fairness Act

The drive kicked off when Senate Democrats announced that Senate leaders promised them a vote on the legislation.


Labor movement celebrates Saundra Williams

"An outstanding and phenomenal woman," noted Metro Detroit Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) President Millie Hall about Metro Detroit AFL-CIO President Saundra Williams.

AFL-CIO defends women’s access to contraception

The AFL-CIO has stepped forward to defend women's access to contraception, "regardless of where they work."


Anti-worker legislation’s negative impact on women, minorities

The anti-worker legislation pushed for the last 18 months by the Big Business-GOP cabal has a disproportionate impact on women and minorities.

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