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Today in labor history: 20,000 GE workers strike over health care

On Jan. 14, 2003, nearly 20,000 General Electric workers went out on strike at 48 plants in 33 states.

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Today in labor history: Bread and Roses strike

On this day in 1912 the "Bread and Roses" textile strike began in Lawrence, Mass.

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Today in Labor History: Tenant farmers sit down in highway

On this day in 1939, the Southern Tenant Farmers Union led 1,700 farm families in the Missouri Highway Sit-down.

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Today in labor history: New Orleans slave uprising

The revolt consisted of somewhere between 300-500 people.

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Today in labor history: Labor radical Tom Mooney freed

Radical labor activist Tom Mooney, accused of a murder by bombing in San Francisco, was pardoned and freed after 22 years in San Quentin.

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Today in labor history: Starving farmers demand food

In the depths of the Great Depression, some 500 farmers marched into the town of England, Ark., to demand food for their starving families.

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Today in Labor History: first black speaker of Mississippi legislature elected

On this day, in 1872 John Roy Lynch, an African American former slave, was elected speaker of the Mississippi House.

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Today in Labor History: Miners' union formed

It was the first attempt to found a national miner's union.

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Today in Labor History: Picketing declared unconstitutional

On this day in 1921 the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice William Howard  Taft, declared that picketing was unconstitutional.

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Today in Labor History: Greyhound strike ends

On this day in 1983, a 47-day strike against Greyhound by its workers, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union, ended.

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