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Today in labor history: Rosie the Riveter dies at 77

Rose Will Monroe, who became famous as "Rosie the Riveter," died on May 31, 1997. During World War II, Monroe went to work in the aircraft industry as a riveter making parts for military airplanes.

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Today in labor history: Farm Workers win after 17-year boycott

On May 29, 1996, the United Farm Workers of America reached agreement on a contract for 450 lettuce harvesters, ending a 17-year-long boycott.

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Today in labor history: Musician Bob Dylan is born

Songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," and "The Times, They Are a-Changin'" became powerful anthems of the social struggles and anti-war sentiment of Dylan's era.

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Today in labor history: Tom Petty defies record label profiteering

It was today in 1979 when rock star Tom Petty filed for bankruptcy, thereby challenging his record label, MCA, and the practice of what some would call indentured servitude.

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Today in black history: Ali becomes heavyweight champion of the world

An activist, showman, and cultural icon, Ali was stripped of his title a few years later for refusing to fight in Vietnam.

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Today in labor history: Farm workers on trial

On this day in 1830, the trial of nearly 350 agricultural workers began in England.

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Oklahoma City Laborfest a stunner!

Residents of the working class neighborhood came out on their porches to watch the block-long procession.  JD Thompson led the marchers in a lusty "Solidarity Forever." The third and final day of the Oklahoma Laborfest was underway!

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Trumpet-makers on strike get a brass band boost

Facing cuts in wages and health care as well as total elimination of their pensions, workers at the highly profitable Conn-Selmer plant went on strike.

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Union culture making a comeback

North Texans are following a national trend toward bringing union culture back into the American consciousness.

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