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Unions celebrate 20th anniversary of family leave

Unionists and women's leaders celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act by lauding the law and campaigning for the next step.

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Today in labor history: Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" tops charts

The song was written and originally performed by Parton for the 1980 film comedy Nine to Five, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Parton in her film debut.

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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: U.S. women organize trade union league

Working-class and wealthier women gathered in Boston to found the Women's Trade Union League to support the efforts of women to organize labor unions.

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On this day in labor history: National Organization for Women founded

On this date in 1863, at the height of the American Civil War, 18 countries met in Geneva to create the International Red Cross.

 

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Today in labor history: Women’s rights figure Elizabeth Cady Stanton dies

On this day in 1902, social/political activist and proto-feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton died, after living a life of achievements.

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Silicon Valley protests Hyatt abuse of women

A broad cross section of Silicon Valley joined Hyatt hotel workers in front of the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara last week, speaking out against Hyatt's abuse of women workers.

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Today in labor history: “Boom boom room” costs Wall Street in sex bias payout

Branch managers had been asking female employees to remove their tops in exchange for money. One office featured a "boom boom room" where women were told to "entertain" clients.

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Today in labor history: Suffragette socialist Sylvia Pankhurst dies in 1960

Most people don't realize that a legendary suffragette, Sylvia Pankhurst, lived well into the mid-20th century.

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