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Senator: Coal mine owners treat workers as "property"

WASHINGTON (PAI)-The nation's coal mine owners "so victimize" their workers that the workers "come as close to being property as anyone I can imagine," a leading congressional advocate for the miners says.

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Iraqi union leader: "War not over for our workers"

Hassan Juma'a Awad, president of the Iraq Federation of Oil Unions, was a guest at the AFL-CIO's convention where he spoke at an event organized by U.S. Labor Against the War.

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How to build our union movement: Ideas from LA

LOS ANGELES - As the AFL-CIO prepared to open its national convention here, two dozen committed union members and supporters voiced a slew of ideas for revitalizing the U.S. labor movement.

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Labor Day 2013: Unions determined to remake themselves

As Labor Day 2013 approaches unions in America are re-assessing themselves in a way they never have before.

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Union leaders slam Supreme Court's voting rights ruling

WASHINGTON - Union leaders panned the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act, saying the justices gutted its key section and stripped protections from voters.

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Today in labor history: Arthur Miller refuses to name communists

In the height of the Cold War witchhunts on June 21, 1956, playwright and a giant of American theater, Arthur Miller, courageously defied the House Committee on Un-American Activities and refused to name any suspected communist.

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Today in labor history: Freedom Riders attacked in Alabama

On May 14, 1961, Freedom Riders were brutally attacked by violent, well-armed and organized mobs of Klansmen and other terrorists in Anniston and Birmingham, Ala., with the support of local law enforcement and politicians.

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Today in labor history: Memphis 1968, we remember

An assassin's bullet felled the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968. King had come to Memphis to support a strike by the city's sanitation workers.

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A union leader goes on a crusade for democracy

A top Communications Workers official has taken the union's democracy crusade to the good-government group Common Cause.

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AFL-CIO: Unions decline tied to attacks on democracy

Reports showing union membership at an all-time low are of enormous concern at a gathering of the nation's labor leaders. Members of the AFL-CIO executive council see it tied to attacks on democratic rights.

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