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30,000 march down Broadway in New York May Day event

Some 30,000 flag-waving demonstrators marched down Broadway here on May Day demanding labor rights and immigration reform.

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Today in labor history: Mother Jones was born May 1, 1837

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones was an Irish-American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a labor and community organizer. A fiery orator, brave and determined heroine to millions of workers.

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Report: Food on American tables costs a life a day

The food on your dining table comes at a particularly high price, and we don't mean in dollars and cents; we mean in lives.

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City Council funds jobs center for Oakland Army Base redevelopment

A major milestone was passed April 16 in the long struggle to win jobs for local workers in redevelopment of the Oakland Army Base.

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Today in labor history: Cesar Chavez died

Cesar Chavez was the founder and leader of the United Farm Workers union. The UFW  achieved the nation's first industry-wide farm labor contracts.

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Senate immigration bill hailed

Last week's unprecedented march on Washington D.C. to "Keep Families Together" through immigration reform has borne its first fruit, immigrant rights activists are saying.

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Today in labor history: Jackie Robinson played his first major league game

"Jackie Robinson changed baseball, and when you've changed baseball in this country, you've changed this country!"

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Today in labor history: Paul Robeson born

On April 8, 1898 singer, actor, civil rights and labor leader, peace activist and athlete Paul Robeson was born.

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Benefit cuts in Obama’s ‘compromise’ budget draw protests

Labor and its allies in a broad array of movements are rising up against the plan.

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Thousands rally against school closings, vow "the fight has just begun"

Thousands of teachers, parents, students and city residents  protested the announcement by Chicago Board of Education that it will close 54 schools effecting 30,000 students.

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