Labor News

Lorain, Ohio unions elect independent slate

The election report to delegates at the Central Labor Council (CLC), in this union-dense Ohio home of the state's largest steel and auto manufacturing facilities, was one of a different type this November.

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Today in labor history: FDR establishes Thanksgiving holiday

President George Washington became the first president to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday, when, at the request of Congress, he proclaimed November 26 as a day of national thanksgiving for the U.S. Constitution.

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Unions organizing aid for Philippines, Midwest disasters

The typhoon destroyed several hospitals, along with homes, schools, power lines, bridges and virtually everything else.

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Ohio voters make progressive shift

Voters in Cincinnati, Ohio, by huge margin, turned down a tea party initiative that would've wiped out public worker's pensions in that city.

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Today in labor history: First-ever U.S. teacher walkout

The "strike for better schools" was intended to reform the way the schools were administered and operated, and also how workers there were treated.

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Texas strikers picket Walmart in Black Friday warm-up

Activists and Walmart employees joined together to stage a protest at the Walmart Supercenter in Lancaster, a suburb of Dallas, Nov. 20. 

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Workers plan nationwide strikes against "bully" Walmart

"Walmart is just a bully, and people across the country are starting to see the real Walmart, that's why I continue to stand up, because the time for change is now."

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Today in labor history: Jack London, writer, socialist, dies at 40

Best known to U.S. readers as the author of Call of the Wild, London also wrote several powerful works dealing with workers, capitalism and socialism - including his famous dystopian novel The Iron Heel.

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Truckers support Walmart workers ahead of Black Friday

An early action against the megamonster, known for its always-low wages, always-bad benefits and rampant labor law-breaking, came Nov. 18.

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Today in labor history: Zumbi, leader of community of freed slaves, beheaded

On this day in 1695,  Zumbi dos Palmares, leader of a Brazilian state of freed slaves was beheaded by the Portuguese.

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