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Today in labor history: The Pemberton Mill disaster

In the worst industrial disaster in Mass. state history, the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence collapsed on January 10, 1860, trapping 900 workers, most of them recent immigrants, many women and children.

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Miners’ deaths increased in 2013

Deaths in the nation's mines rose from 36 in 2012 to 42 in 2013, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported.

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Plant owner gets 20 years in slammer for workers' deaths

OSHA's investigation of the 2010 explosion at a gunpowder plant in Colebrook, N.H., resulted in the issuance of 16 willful and more than 30 serious safety violation citations, along with a $1.2 million penalty

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Today in labor history: Death of unionist Karen Silkwood

Her life was featured in Silkwood (1983), an Academy Award-nominated film based on an original screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen.

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Senator: Coal mine owners treat workers as "property"

WASHINGTON (PAI)-The nation's coal mine owners "so victimize" their workers that the workers "come as close to being property as anyone I can imagine," a leading congressional advocate for the miners says.

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AFL-CIO to unite with allies for job safety

"The right to a safe job is a fundamental worker right. All workers should be able to go to work and return home safely at the end of the day."

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Today in labor history: Sept 11, 2001

"Unity and solidarity can make us stronger. Mourning is not a cry for vengeance. Together we have to find a way out of the crisis. The Ground Zero solidarity can be turned toward the problems we will face in the days to come."

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Fire Fighter leader blasts hypocritical politicians

The nation's politicians, from the federal government on down to city halls, are hypocritical in praising Fire Fighters and other first responders, then cutting public safety budgets.

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Union complaint leads to OSHA move against Republic Steel

A Steelworkers complaint led the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to swoop down, earlier this year, on the Republic Steel plant in Canton, Ohio.

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Chicago rail workers to vote on joining IWW

Mobile Rail fired three workers on July 26 and 29 after they complained to OSHA about job safety problems. All are IWW supporters. 

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