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Top AFL-CIO officials: “U.S. labor law must catch up”

Modernized global economy requires a rewrite of the National Labor Relations Act and U.S. agreement and obedience to international labor law standards.

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Today in labor history: first edition of IWW Little Red Songbook

The book is a compilation of tunes, hymns, and songs to help build morale, promote solidarity, and lift the bleak spirits of the working class.

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OSHA proposes cutting worker exposure to beryllium by 90 percent

Beryllium is a heavy metal whose inhalation causes a chronic lung disease and may lead to lung cancer.

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First female U.S. train engineer inducted into N.D. Railroad Hall of Fame

Thirty-nine years ago, Ramona Dockter became the first female freight train engineer.

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Labor board punts college athletes' try to unionize on technicality

By a 5-0 vote, the National Labor Relations Board on August 17 tossed out college athletes' - in this case, Northwestern University's football players' - attempt to unionize.

 

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Today in labor history: Hormel meatpackers launch historic 1985 strike

The strike became a bitter conflict that galvanized workers' support from around the country and internationally.

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AFL-CIO puts spotlight on wage efforts in Twin Cities

Ongoing campaigns to raise wages and improve working conditions in the Twin Cities are drawing national attention.

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Today in history: Social Security celebrates 80th birthday

On this date 80 years ago, in 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt deepened and expanded the New Deal by signing into law the Social Security Act.

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Today in labor history: NYC subway workers show their muscle

Eighty years ago, TWU president Mike Quill and his union colleagues were jumped by thugs as they made their way to union headquarters.

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White House threatens to veto GOP anti-VA worker bill

If HR1994 becomes law, the VA would in essence return to the spoils system of the 1800s, where bosses could fire workers for political reasons - or none at all.

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