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Today in women's history: Frances Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor

The appointment on March 4, 1933, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt made Perkins the first female cabinet member in U.S. history.

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Workers’ rights hardly mentioned by justices at High Court hearing

Supreme Court justices began hearings on National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, a case that could determine whether it is legal to stop the ability of workers to exercise their right to form a union.

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Senate rules fight today a big deal for a Battle Creek woman

Unions have had an ongoing campaign to force the Senate to vote on the NLRB nominees this week. Majority Leader Harry Reid planned to change the filibuster rule to eliminate the Republicans' roadblock.

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Union: Lack of NLRB endangers social media free speech

The lack of a functioning National Labor Relations Board within two months threatens workers' free speech rights on social media, as well as in more traditional speech, the Communications Workers say.

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Today in women's history: Frances Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor

The appointment on March 4, 1933, made Perkins the first female cabinet member in U.S. history. She helped bring about the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Social Security Act

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Unions demand that Romney fire his labor advisor

The AFL-CIO demanded that Mitt Romney fire his chief labor advisor for improper use of inside information obtained from his federal government connections.

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Documents show Boeing saw South Carolina as worst option for 787

Newly uncovered Boeing Co. documents show their  "Project Gemini" plan to punish workers in Washington state by establishing a second 787 line in South Carolina was their highest risk option for their new Dreamliner jet.

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Trumka: New GOP bill would gut workers’ rights

Republicans are backing a new bill they introduced after the NLRB filed a complaint against Boeing, which the board says retaliated against workers for exercising their rights.

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After NLRB vote, senators call to end filibuster rule

President Obama's nomination of labor lawyer Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board was squashed in a Republican filibuster in the Senate yesterday.