Labor News

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Today in labor history: Congress passes notorious Sedition Act

On May 16, 1918, Congress passed the Sedition Act, leading to the arrest, imprisonment, execution and deportation of dozens of unionists, anarchists and communists.

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Iraqi unions still repressed

Nine years after the Bush government invaded Iraq and overthrew  Saddam Hussein, Iraqi unions are still repressed and toiling under the former ruler's labor law, a U.S. unionist who recently toured there says.

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Today in labor history: Freedom Riders attacked in Alabama

On May 14, 1961, Freedom Riders were brutally attacked by violent, well-armed and organized mobs of Klansmen and other terrorists in Anniston and Birmingham, Ala., with the support of local law enforcement and politicians.

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AFL-CIO: Penalize Bangladesh until it protects workers

The AFL-CIO is demanding the U.S. government yank trade preferences from Bangladesh until that South Asian nation really shows a commitment to protecting its workers.

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On anniversary of free trade deal, Colombian workers face turning point

After decades of displacement, war and poverty, workers in Colombia face the possibility of a better life.

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Today in labor history: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters founded

Representing the Pullman Porters, the Brotherhood was the first African-American labor union to sign a collective bargaining agreement with a major U.S. corporation.

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Today in labor history: Chicago Haymarket affair

Probably no single event has influenced the history of labor in the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket affair.

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Students and pizza workers unite!

The University of Wisconsin at Madison has been at the center of an ongoing dispute between workers rights activists and the Palermo's frozen pizza company.

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5 things you need to know about the 'Comp Time' bill

If you are one of the millions of workers who count on overtime to stretch your paycheck, it's time to tell House Republicans, "Don't cut my overtime with your so-called Working Families Flexibility Act."

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Today in labor history: Report on equal pay for women

The special representative to the National War Labor Board issued a report setting forth provisions respecting wage rates for women working in war industries.

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