Labor News

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Today in history: World-changers McCartney, Mbeki born

Two world-changing figures from the worlds of politics and music were born 72 years ago today, June 18, 1942.

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Communist Party convention goers explore Chicago's labor history

Some of the 300 delegates and guests of the Communist Party USA's 30th Convention kicked off their  party's gathering with a labor history tour of the Windy City.

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Today in labor history: Inventor gives first public demo of FM broadcasting

On this day in 1935, inventor Edwin Armstrong gave the first public demonstration of FM (frequency modulation) radio broadcasting in Alpine, New Jersey.

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Today in labor history: Joe McCarthy’s reign of terror comes to dramatic end

Senator McCarthy experienced a meteoric rise to fame and power in the U.S. Senate when he charged that "hundreds" of "known communists" were in the Department of State.

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"Out of The Jungle" labor activist Les Orear dies at age 103

Leslie Fray Orear was a union organizer for the United Packinghouse Workers of America, editor of its newspaper and co-founder and president emeritus of the Illinois History Society.

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Labor’s Hall of Fame inducts Susan Holleran, Doug Fraser

Holleran's dedication to telling the stories of hard-working women and men fighting for their rights in the workplace inspired other writers who knew her.

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Remembering "Hy Climber" Fred Gaboury

One day in 1953 Fred Gaboury invited me to come to work with him so I could witness first hand his skill in rigging a spar tree high in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. I eagerly accepted.

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Today in labor history: Police open fire on striking steelworkers

Police opened fire on workers who were marching to the Republic Steel plant in south Chicago to set up a picket line.

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Today in labor history: First U.S. public school established

On May 20, 1639, the first American public elementary school was established. This was arguably the beginning of the idea of free public education for all.

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For the W. Va. and Turkish Miners: Journal of Catherine Terry, 30 Nov. 1920

Diane Gilliam Fisher is a true poet of miners, their communities, their culture and families.

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