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South African unionists in Mississippi fighting for Nissan workers

JACKSON, Miss - In a stunning reversal of what many would think is the way things work, a support group from "third world" South Africa is in Mississippi this week helping Americans secure one of their most basic democratic rights - the right to form a union.

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Today in labor history: General Motors agrees to end employment discrimination

The turnaround came ten years after the commission had filed a complaint that African Americans, Latinos, other minorities, and women were being unfairly treated.

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Today in labor history: Black inventor Henry Blair patents cotton planter

In 1857 patent rights were denied to slaves and were restored after the Civil War. Blair died in 1860, the year the war began.

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Today in labor history: Nat Turner is born

Turner often conducted Baptist services, preaching the Bible to his fellow slaves, who dubbed him "The Prophet."

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Today in labor history: Black farmers meet to unionize, are attacked

Arkansas Gov. Charles Hillman Bough sent 100 U.S. troops to the area, where they exchanged gunfire with the farmers.

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As matter of survival, unions double down on diversity

The 50-plus unions of the AFL-CIO redoubled its efforts to diversify its ranks and leadership with more women, workers of color, LGBT and young workers.

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A tribute to Paul C. Neal

Paul C. Neal died one month before his 64th birthday.In addition to many wonderful stories from his family, his union president and a minister who lived on his mail delivery route both spoke eloquently.

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Today in labor history: Motley becomes first black woman federal judge

On Aug. 30, 1966, civil rights lawyer Constance Baker Motley became the first African American woman to serve as a federal judge.

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Today in labor history: First African-American pilot recognized posthumously

Bullard was rejected by the U.S. Army Air Service because only white pilots were allowed to serve.

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Today in labor history: First national meeting of African Americans

On August 20, 1830 the National Negro Convention held its first meeting in Philadelphia. The event was chaired and led by Bishop Richard Allen.

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