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Walmart workers begin first in-store sitdown strike in company history

"I'm sitting down on strike today to protest Walmart's illegal fear tactics and to send a message to management and the Waltons that they can't continue to silence us!"

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Today in labor history: Socialist denied seat in Congress

On this day in 1919 Victor Berger, the first socialist elected to the U.S. Congress was denied his seat.

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Today in Native history: Miami, Potawatomi resistance and removal

This day in history, the Miamis signed a treaty with the United States in 1838 ceding practically all of its lands south of the Wabash River in Indiana.

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Today in labor history: Harvey Milk elected to office

On this day in 1977 Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He was the first openly gay person elected to public office in California.

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Today in labor history: Nat Turner captured

On this day in 1831, Nat Turner, leader of one of the largest slave revolts in U.S. history was captured.

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Today in labor history: Birth of poet Dylan Thomas

Some of Thomas's poems have entered the canon of poetry in the English language. His "Do not go gentle into that good night" has become almost a popular saying.

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Today in labor history: Martin Luther King Jr. awarded Nobel Peace Prize

On Oct. 14, 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Coming in October: North American Labor History Conference

Started in 1979, Detroit's annual Labor History Conference has continuously brought pressing issues faced by the worldwide working class to the front of academic scholarship.

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Today in labor history: Huge Solidarity Day march in Washington

Hundreds of thousands of union members marched past the White House to protest Ronald Reagan's union-busting.

 

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Today in labor history: Racists bomb Birmingham church, kill 4 children

The bombing took place two weeks after the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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