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Coming in October: North American Labor History Conference

Started in 1979, Detroit's annual Labor History Conference has continuously brought pressing issues faced by the worldwide working class to the front of academic scholarship.

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Descendants of 1934's Teamster strikers carry proud legacy

Their parents or grandparents 80 years ago stood together and fought in the streets of Minneapolis for the right to organize a union during 1934's Teamster strikes.

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1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strike, one key precursor to Wagner Act

The strike brought all trucking inside the city to a standstill; two strikers died from the police shotgun blasts and 65-67 more were wounded.

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Breaking the myth of "un-organizable" workers

Labor must organize the three pillars of workers: low wage workers, professional and highly skilled workers and workers internationally cross-border.

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Yuengling Brewery billionaire pushes "right-to-work" in my home county

Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where I grew up, is famous for two things: anthracite coal and union organizing.

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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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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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The Ludlow Massacre: Never to be forgotten!

 The tragic, brutal and deadly attack on striking miners and their families shocked, saddened and outraged working people and most Americans.

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Today in Labor history: Pancho Villa escapes capture

On January 28, 1917 the United States government gave up the search for Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa. What is officially known in the United States as the "Mexican Expedition" started March 14, 1916 and involved 5,000 U.S military personnel lead by Major General John J. Pershing.

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Salt of the Earth Labor College celebrates 20th anniversary

TUCSON, Ariz. - When activists here launched Salt of the Earth Labor College in 1993 they didn't know exactly what to expect.

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