Labor News

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Today in labor history: Mary McLeod Bethune born

Mary McLeod Bethune, one of our great civil rights leaders, was born July 10, 1875, in Mayesville, S.C. Her parents were former slaves.

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Today in labor history: Jobs slashed throughout U.S.

The job losses occurred in nearly every sector of the economy, but manufacturing and construction businesses were hit particularly hard.

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Today in labor history: Streetcar strike births po’ boy sandwich

Some 1,100 streetcar workers strike in New Orleans on July 1, 1929, spurring the creation of the po' boy sandwich.

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Today in labor history: “Wobblies” founded in 1905

The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the "Wobblies," was founded at a 12-day convention in Chicago, June 27, 1905.

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Today in labor history: Eugene Debs initiates boycott against Pullman railroad

The American Railway Union, led by Eugene Debs, initiated a boycott against the Pullman Palace Car Company.

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Today in labor history: American Railway Union founded

On this day in 1893, the American Railway Union - one of the first industrial unions in the United States - was founded.

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Today in labor history: Organizing drive that led to formation of USW

On this day in 1936, unionists gathered in Pittsburgh, organized by the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC).

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Today in labor history: Supreme Court ends laws against interracial marriage

The case was brought forth by Richard and Mildred Loving, who were imprisoned for one year for marrying in the state of Virginia.

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Today in labor history: Kennedy signs bill to overcome sexism in pay

On this day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy passed the Equal Pay Act aimed at eliminating unequal pay for women.

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Today in labor history: Paterson silk strikers take to stage

Today in labor history, silk workers held a one-time performance of Paterson Strike Pageant at Madison Square Garden in 1913.

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