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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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Sherrod Brown, others talk green industrial revolution

When it comes to the transformation of the global economy from high-carbon, polluting energy sources to a more sustainable future, the U.S. risks falling behind. 

 

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Today in labor history: Worst-ever U.S. mine disaster occurs

1907 was a particularly troubling year in West Virginia, during which a total of 3,242 people were killed in mining accidents.

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Unions organizing aid for Philippines, Midwest disasters

The typhoon destroyed several hospitals, along with homes, schools, power lines, bridges and virtually everything else.

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Union flags fly along the Maine coast

There are some 6,000-plus lobster boat workers in Maine that best fit Victor Hugo's general description of them more than a century ago - toilers of the sea.

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United Mine Workers of America reaches settlement with Patriot Coal

"After several weeks of nearly around-the-clock negotiations, I believe we have reached something that can be taken to the membership for ratification."

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14 United Mine Workers arrested in protest

More than 4,500 members and supporters of the United Mine Workers marched and rallied in downtown St. Louis on May 21.

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Today in labor history: Everettville mine explosion

Only nine of the men working in the mine at the time of the disaster were able to escape, after one of them got to safety and returned with a rescue team and equipment.

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Today in labor history: First Earth Day teach-in held

The late environmentalist, Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis., founded Earth Day as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970.

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