Labor News


Who was Casey Jones? Hint: Not just a Joe Hill song

Jonathan Luther "John""Casey" Jones from Jackson, Tenn., was an American railroader who worked for the Illinois Central Railroad.


Radical roots of the great grape strike

Fifty years ago, the great grape strike started in Delano, when Filipino pickers walked out of the fields on September 8, 1965.


Teacher tenure serves the cause of progress

Tenure has played an important role in protecting educators when participating in their workplaces and communities.


Today in Latino history: Musician José Feliciano turns 70

Better known simply as José Feliciano, he is a virtuoso guitarist, singer, and composer renowned for many international hits.


Today in labor history: 50th anniversary of Grape Strike and Boycott

For the first time in American history, Chávez and the UFW decided to use a boycott in a major labor dispute.


Today in labor history: first edition of IWW Little Red Songbook

The book is a compilation of tunes, hymns, and songs to help build morale, promote solidarity, and lift the bleak spirits of the working class.


Today in labor history: Hormel meatpackers launch historic 1985 strike

The strike became a bitter conflict that galvanized workers' support from around the country and internationally.


Today in history: Social Security celebrates 80th birthday

On this date 80 years ago, in 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt deepened and expanded the New Deal by signing into law the Social Security Act.


Today in labor history: NYC subway workers show their muscle

Eighty years ago, TWU president Mike Quill and his union colleagues were jumped by thugs as they made their way to union headquarters.


Today in labor history: Reagan fires air traffic controllers

"After 1981, Reagan and his followers willingly donned the mantle of union-busters." The firing of air traffic controllers was just the beginning.

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