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Today in labor history: 13th Amendment abolishes slavery

The amendment said, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude ... shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

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Low wage workers at Pentagon walk out

 Low-wage workers at the focus of the nation's defense machine, the Pentagon, joined the lengthening list of fed-up workers who have walked off their jobs.

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Many hoping for pro-worker State of the Union

President Obama is expected to call for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.00 an hour during next Tuesday's State of the Union address.

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Harkin predicts Senate vote on minimum wage hike after recess

The Senate will vote on raising the minimum wage, in three steps of 95 cents each to $10.10 hourly in 2016.

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St. Louis unions giving to charities big time

When Americans think of labor unions, they think of union members campaigning for causes. But unions are a lot more, and their charity efforts in the St. Louis area show it.

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Today in labor history: Petition sent to Congress to end Fugitive Slave Act

On January 2, 1800 the Philadelphia black community petitioned Congress to rescind the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793.

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More than 400,000 New Jerseyans get a raise January 1

New Jersey is one of the 13 states that saw a bump in the minimum wage starting Jan. 1.The minimum wage became $8.25, up one dollar from $7.25.

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City ordinance: All Portland workers get sick leave

On Jan. 1, more than a quarter of a million Portland workers gained a human right - the right to stay home when they're sick.

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Workers' rights under fire in Supreme Court

The justices will hear arguments in the dispute over the power of the NLRB and tackle a case involving yet another challenge to worker representation.

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Today in labor history: Operation PUSH founded

Eventually the organization was able to expand into areas of social and political development for blacks in Chicago and across the nation.

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