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Unions organizing aid for Philippines, Midwest disasters

The typhoon destroyed several hospitals, along with homes, schools, power lines, bridges and virtually everything else.

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Oct. 8 in Labor History: The Great Chicago Fire

In addition to 300 dead there were 100,000 left homeless. When the fire destroyed the waterworks, the city's water supply was cut off and the firefighters were forced to give up.

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Today in labor history: Wreck of the Old 97

The derailment left 11 of the eighteen on board dead and the remaining seven injured. Among the dead were engineer Broady, the conductor, and the flagman.

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Anti-union greed the killer in Philly building collapse

Six people who died here June 5 have been described as being "of different backgrounds and classes."

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Another Bangladesh factory collapse: Hundreds of casualties

Officials said they expected the death toll to rise.

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Sumi Abedin, survivor of Bangladesh factory fire, tours U.S. (with video)

When fire broke out the supervisors told the female employees to return to work but smoke soon filled the factory.

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Today in labor history: Devastating Oklahoma City bombing

The Oklahoma explosion (caused by a detonated truck bomb) took 168 lives including 19 children, and injured 680 people.

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Boston unionists stepped up when bombs hit marathon

Police managed to peacefully disperse the massive crowd. Firefighters responded to the alarms with trucks, ambulances, EMTs, and specially trained union members.

 

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Sharp drop in mine deaths and injuries

Deaths and injuries in the nation's mines, including its coal mines, fell in 2012 to some of their lowest recorded levels.

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Unions hit GOP on Sandy aid

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka termed Boehner's decision "a slap in the face." Others were more caustic.

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