Labor News

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National Labor College to close

"I am saddened to report that the Board of Trustees directed me and the college's officers to develop a plan to close the college," said the institution's president.

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Today in labor history: Wall Street crash of 1929

The Wall Street Crash was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the U.S. Iit signaled the beginning of the 10-year Great Depression that affected all Western industrialized countries.

 

 

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Union leaders welcome end of shutdown, lifting of debt limit

Union leaders welcomed Congress' end of the two-week partial federal shutdown and the decision to suspend the nation's debt limit, thus avoiding what would have been a first-ever default.

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Groups launch new initiative for women’s equality

Women's organizations, activists, and lawmakers launched a women's economic intiative that includes not just reproductive rights but pay equity, good jobs, and economic justice.

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Labor's house opens door wide: Let's work together

Envisioning a common cause coalition powerful enough to defeat the stranglehold of "entrenched corporate interests,"  Richard Trumka announced an agenda  that would include many democratic goals.

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Orlando unionists organize for more worker power

ORLANDO, Fla. - Even in a state with a "right-to-work" law like Florida, workers still need to join unions and leverage their power by collectively bargaining with employers.

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Today in labor history: Minimum wage rises 70 cents, fight continues

Today in 2009, the U.S. minimum wage rose 70 cents from $6.55 to $7.25. Low-wage workers struggled mightily for that meager increase.

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Minimum wage workers teach economics to the economists

A working father with a high school education, Marvin was one of 18 minimum wage workers gathered at a South Side job center to discuss the need for higher pay.

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Today in labor history: Jobs slashed throughout U.S.

The job losses occurred in nearly every sector of the economy, but manufacturing and construction businesses were hit particularly hard.

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Over labor opposition, House OKs anti-NLRB bill

Over labor and Democratic opposition, the GOP-run House has narrowly approved legislation (HR1120) to try to shut down the National Labor Relations Board.

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