Labor News

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In LA and Illinois, unions fight legal battles vs. pension cuts

The LA pension case affects 20,000 present municipal workers and the Illinois case affects 621,000 workers and retirees.

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"Out of The Jungle" labor activist Les Orear dies at age 103

Leslie Fray Orear was a union organizer for the United Packinghouse Workers of America, editor of its newspaper and co-founder and president emeritus of the Illinois History Society.

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Labor’s Hall of Fame inducts Susan Holleran, Doug Fraser

Holleran's dedication to telling the stories of hard-working women and men fighting for their rights in the workplace inspired other writers who knew her.

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UAW faces big challenges at its 36th Constitutional Convention

As they were getting ready for the big United Auto Workers convention, many members talked about what they say are some of the union's biggest challenges.

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Remembering "Hy Climber" Fred Gaboury

One day in 1953 Fred Gaboury invited me to come to work with him so I could witness first hand his skill in rigging a spar tree high in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. I eagerly accepted.

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Today in labor history: Police open fire on striking steelworkers

Police opened fire on workers who were marching to the Republic Steel plant in south Chicago to set up a picket line.

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Walmart moms announce new strikes in 20 cities starting Friday

Citing the company's retaliation against workers, striking Walmart moms will join fellow workers, families, and community supporters nationwide as early as Friday.

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GOP Anchorage mayor calls union dues slavery

Proving that stupid political statements are not confined to the "Lower 48" of the nation's 50 states, the Republican mayor of Anchorage called union dues "slavery."

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Today in labor history: Rochester general strike

On May 28, 1946, more than 30,000 workers in Rochester, N.Y., staged a successful one-day general strike. 

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Today in labor history: First U.S. public school established

On May 20, 1639, the first American public elementary school was established. This was arguably the beginning of the idea of free public education for all.

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