Labor News

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Today in labor history: Congress approves landmark WPA

On April 8, 1935, with the nation in the depths of the Depression, Congress voted to approve the Works Progress Administration.

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Today in labor history: Miners at Pittston strike

On this day in 1989, the United Mine Workers began their historic strike against Pittston Coal.

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Today in labor history: Memphis 1968, we remember

An assassin's bullet felled the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968. King had come to Memphis to support a strike by the city's sanitation workers.

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Today in labor history: N.J. mill strikers urged to keep fighting

Striking silk mill workers in Paterson, New Jersey were increasingly at odds with police, who repeatedly crushed their efforts to hold rallies.

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Today in labor history: Several major strikes happened

Hundreds of workers seeking higher pay and a nine-hour day gathered in the street near the Draper Corp. loom-making plant.

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Rank and file longshore leader honored at memorial

The South African government honored longtime International Longshore and Warehouse Union activist Leo Robinson with its Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award.

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Trumka: AFL-CIO to undergo wide-scale revamp

The revamp will meet the conditions of changing workplaces, extend labor's reach, and shift its emphasis within the federation to more inter-union and regional cooperation.

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Today in black history: Ali becomes heavyweight champion of the world

An activist, showman, and cultural icon, Ali was stripped of his title a few years later for refusing to fight in Vietnam.

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Today in labor history: Mandela released

By that time deputy national president of the ANC, Mandela helped to form Spear of the Nation, the armed wing of the Congress.

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Today in labor history: First Black reporter covers White House

Harry S. McAlpin made history when he became the first African American journalist admitted to a White House press conference.

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