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Teachers report: 2016 presidential campaign scares kids

The Southern Poverty Law Center surveyed over 2,000 teachers, who say kids are experiencing fear and stress over the Right's agenda.

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Today in labor history: The Erie Canal unites Midwest to East Coast

Increased immigration filled the need for labor: many of those working on the canal had recently come to the States from Ireland.

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LCLAA report advocates Latino organizing, workers centers

Labor's Council for Latin American Advancement is advocating "strategic investment" in organizing Latinos and more use and promotion of workers' centers.

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Triqui migrants do the work, but want change

"When I see people working in the field, I see a lack of equality. If it wasn't for them the crops wouldn't get grown or harvested."

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Labor returns to its roots: Bringing immigrants out of the shadows

A "key piece of the raising wages agenda is a workable pathway to citizenship" for undocumented workers.

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Trumka: Humanitarian crisis brought out the best and worst in us

The AFL-CIO is calling upon President Barack Obama to take action to adjust these failed policies.

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Today in labor history: The Pemberton Mill disaster

In the worst industrial disaster in Mass. state history, the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence collapsed on January 10, 1860, trapping 900 workers, most of them recent immigrants, many women and children.

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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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Ethiopian immigrant Tefere Gebre shakes up labor organizing

Gebre's first attempt at union organizing in Orange County was a smashing success. He successfully signed up 400 workers who toiled as sorters of trash.

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As matter of survival, unions double down on diversity

The 50-plus unions of the AFL-CIO redoubled its efforts to diversify its ranks and leadership with more women, workers of color, LGBT and young workers.

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