Labor News

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Today in labor history: FDR unveils Civil Works Administration

President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled the Civil Works Administration on November 8, 1933, a short-lived program, but one that created jobs for millions of unemployed workers, giving temporary relief to the suffering in the midst of the Great Depression.

Unions demand good jobs as study shows openings pay little

"Industries that once were great contributors to our country - auto, shipbuilding, machine tools and even electronics - are shadows of what they once were," declares the Task Force on Job Creation, in its report, released in July.

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Jobs, labor and WPA's living legacy

Interest is growing in the history and legacy of Depression-era New Deal programs like the Works Progress Administration.