January

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Today in labor history: Federal employees gain right to collective bargaining

On January 17, 1962, President John Kennedy signs Executive Order 10988, recognizing the right of federal employees to bargain collectively.

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Trumka adds infrastructure to AFL-CIO legislative priority list

Richard Trumka is adding reconstruction of U.S. infrastructure - and creation of tens of thousands of well-paying jobs doing so - to the federation's priority list.

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Today in labor history: Leonard Woodcock born

Leonard Woodcock  was born to Ernest Woodcock and Margaret Freel  in Providence, R.I. in February 15, 1911. 

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Autoworkers president identifies the real “enemy”

The social compact is gone, said UAW president Bob King, yesterday in Detroit. "And if we want a growing middle class again, we need to restore it."

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Unions gear up for new fast track fight

Unions are gearing up for yet another fight over so-called "fast track," also known as trade promotion authority.

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Today in labor history: Martin Luther King, Jr. born

In a 1965 speech, King stated, "The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress."

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Today in labor history: Tompkins Square Riot

The NYC police, on Jan. 13, 1874, overran a demonstration by thousands of unemployed in Tompkins Square Park in the neighborhood now called the East Village.

 

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Teamsters at UPS Freight voting on new pact

Teamsters leaders hope the second time will be the charm as 13,000 members who work for UPS Freight cast ballots on Jan. 11-12 on a new five-year contract.

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Labor and allies turn up heat on GOP over jobless benefits

Organized labor and its allies have turned to public pressure to push resurrection of the benefits through a hostile GOP majority in the U.S. House.

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Republicans leave unemployed #OutInTheCold

Heavy lobbying efforts were underway to extend unemployment insurance for the more than 1 million long-term jobless.

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