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Today in labor history: Samuel Gompers dies at the age of 74

Gompers died December 13, 1924. He served as president of the American Federation of Labor from 1886 to 1894 and from 1895 to his death.

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Today in Labor History: First ever sit-down strike

On this day in 1906, the first ever sit-down strike in American history took place at the General Electric plant in Schenectady, N.Y.

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Today in labor history: Steam boiler operators unionize

Canadian workers joined the union a year after it was formed, at which point it came to be called the International Union of Steam Engineers.

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Today in labor history: Black workers form national union

African American delegates met in Washington, D.C., to form the Colored National Labor Union.

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Today in Labor History: Big job loss announced this day in 2008

On Dec. 5, 2008 the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the economy had shed 520,000 jobs the month before.

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Today in labor history: Oakland general strike

Today in 1946 Oakland California women led a general strike that massed some 140,000 workers.

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Today in Labor History: Fighting Mary and Mother Jones

On November 30, 1854, "Fighting Mary" Eliza McDowell, also known as the "Angel of the Stockyards," was born in Chicago.

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Today in Labor History: Medical interns win right to unionize

On this date in 1999, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that medical interns could unionize and negotiate.

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Today in labor history: Photo engravers go on strike

During this time, 20,000 other newspaper workers represented by other unions refused to cross the photo engravers' picket lines.

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Today in labor history: Workers perform "Pins and Needles" on Broadway

Nov. 27, 1937, the pro-labor musical revue, "Pins & Needles," opens on Broadway with a cast of International Ladies Garment Workers Union members.

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