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Today in labor history: American Federation of Labor gets new president

On Nov. 25, 1952, and following the death four days prior of William Green, George Meany became the new president of the AFL.

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Los Angeles-Long Beach port truckers again forced to strike

Short-haul truckers at the nation's largest port again had to strike over terrible working conditions and employer exploitation.

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NLRB nominee McFerran pledges judicial attitude; panel to vote after Thanksgiving

Lauren McFerran, President Obama's nominee to an NLRB seat, pledged she'll bring a judicial attitude to the five-member panel.

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Social Security workers launch campaign vs. budget cuts

The workers who run Social Security are launching a campaign against future budget cuts.

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Today in labor history: Joe Hill executed

On November 19, 1915, labor leader and songwriter Joe Hill was executed in Utah on what many believe was a framed charge of murder.

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AMC Loews theatre didn't pay janitors for months

Six janitors contracted to work at the theater hadn't been paid for their work in months; when they finally spoke up, the contracting company fired them all.

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Wave of Black Friday protests expected to flood Walmarts next week

The national wave of protests, which could be the biggest yet to hit the giant retailer outlets, comes on the heels last week of the first sit down strikes in Walmart's history.

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Today in labor history: Atlanta workers engage in sit-down strike

Workers at the General Motors plant in Atlanta, Georgia participated in a sit-down strike, which was part of a greater ongoing wave of labor organizing during the 1930s.

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South Bay labor charts course for post-election struggles

Despite setbacks, the mood at the meeting of the South Bay Labor Council was positive: "We need to advance our own agenda," regardless of who is in the mayor's seat.

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After tough election, labor leaders say unions are here to stay

"What happened in this election," Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO declared, "is that the vast majority of the voters stayed home."

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