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Today in labor history: Pullman strike leader murder sparks huge protest funeral

During the Pullman strike, Charles Leonard, a representative of Omaha Railway murdered Charles Luth, a railroad switchman and union activist.

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Breaking the myth of "un-organizable" workers

Labor must organize the three pillars of workers: low wage workers, professional and highly skilled workers and workers internationally cross-border.

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Yuengling Brewery billionaire pushes "right-to-work" in my home county

Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where I grew up, is famous for two things: anthracite coal and union organizing.

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Today in labor history: Hawaii longshoremen strike

Hawaiian workers who were members of the ILWU went on strike, seeking higher pay to match that of longshoremen on the West Coast U.S.

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Today in labor history: Blues legend Big Bill Broonzy born

Lee Conley Bradley, who became known as Big Bill Broonzy, was born on June 26 in 1893, as he later said, or possibly in 1905 as family records suggest.

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Today in labor history: Fair Labor Standards Act signed by Roosevelt

Senator Hugo Black,  author of the law, initially proposed a 30-hour week. Close to 700,000 workers were benefited from the legislation.

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Today in labor history: Title IX enacted

Title IX prohibits federally funded educational institutions from discriminating against students or employees based on sex.

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Today in labor history: The 1937 “Women’s Day Massacre”

On June 19, 1937, police in Youngstown, Ohio, used tear gas on women and children, including at least one infant in his mother's arms, during the historic strike at Republic Steel.

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Today in history: World-changers McCartney, Mbeki born

Two world-changing figures from the worlds of politics and music were born 72 years ago today, June 18, 1942.

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Communist Party convention goers explore Chicago's labor history

Some of the 300 delegates and guests of the Communist Party USA's 30th Convention kicked off their  party's gathering with a labor history tour of the Windy City.

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