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Today in labor history: Massachusetts establishes first minimum wage

Much later, in 1938, the country would get a federal minimum wage law under the Fair Labor Standards Act. But this initial law was still a powerful move.

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Today in labor history: Int'l Ladies Garment Workers Union founded

Today in labor history in 1900 the International Ladies Garment Workers Union was founded in New York City by seven local unions, with a few thousand members between them.

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Today in labor history: Ford goes to revolutionary Russia

On May 30, 1929, the Ford Motor Company signed a technical assistance contract to produce cars in the newly industrializing Soviet Union.

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Today in labor history: Musician Bob Dylan is born

Songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," and "The Times, They Are a-Changin'" became powerful anthems of the social struggles and anti-war sentiment of Dylan's era.

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Today in labor history: Tom Petty defies record label profiteering

It was today in 1979 when rock star Tom Petty filed for bankruptcy, thereby challenging his record label, MCA, and the practice of what some would call indentured servitude.

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Today in labor history: Homestead Act signed, for good and bad

President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act. It was a freedom opportunity for many, but also resulted in massive displacement of Native Americans.

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Today in labor history: Supreme Court rules on Brown v. Board of Education

On this day in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated schools were unconstitutional.

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Today in labor history: Western Federation of Miners founded

"The mine owners did not find the gold, they did not mine the gold, they did not mill the gold, but by some weird alchemy, all the gold belonged to them!"

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Today in labor history: Labor of thousands completes first transcontinental railroad

Thanks to an army of thousands of Chinese and Irish immigrants, who laid 2,000 miles of track, the nation's first transcontinental railway line was finished.

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Today in labor history: Big Bill Haywood tried for murder

On this day in 1907, union organizer Big Bill Haywood went on trial accused of an explosion that resulted in the death of Frank Steunenberg.

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