Labor News

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Today in labor history: Rochester general strike

On May 28, 1946, more than 30,000 workers in Rochester, N.Y., staged a successful one-day general strike. 

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Today in labor history: First U.S. public school established

On May 20, 1639, the first American public elementary school was established. This was arguably the beginning of the idea of free public education for all.

SEIU Attorney: Supreme Court case bigger threat than progressives realize

A recently argued U.S. Supreme Court case, pushed on the justices by the anti-worker National Right to Work Committee, is a big threat to unions.

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Hartford and New Haven join fast-food workers strike in 150 cities

"Where Congress is failing to take action to address inequality, these workers are leading the way; their fight is a shining light that will benefit all workers in the country."

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Fast food workers striking all over the world

Today, fast food workers around the world are engaging in a one-day strike calling for higher wages and the right to form a union.

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Mine disasters in W.Va., Turkey tied to corporate negligence

Two mineworkers were killed late Monday after being trapped in a collapse in a coal mine in Wharton, W.Va., operated by the Patriot Coal Company.

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Union leader says Supreme Court favors billionaires over workers

The campaign finance rulings "open the gates to billionaires" to capture the U.S. political process while shutting workers out, AFSCME President Lee Saunders says.

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Today in labor history: Anti-Monopoly Party founded

There were 200 delegates from 16 states at the convention, including 61 from Illinois and Michigan.

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Fast food protests to go global May 15

Demonstrations are planned for New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and 147 other U.S. cities and also on five other continents.

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Today in Native History: Court rules an Indian is a man

On May 12 in 1879, Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca tribe was declared a man in the federal courts of the U.S.

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