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Missouri unionists, businesses, officials mobilize vs. 'right-to-work'

They packed the Small Business Committee hearing room and offered detailed testimony on the benefits of unionization and the harm such a law would cause.

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West Virginia workers launch "insurrection" in state capital

Demonstrators protesting the national wave of wage and safety cuts and anti-union assaults, were led by the West Virginia AFL-CIO and joined by national labor leaders.

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GOP House panel OK's partisan rewrite of education law

"In reality, it would rob poor and struggling students of the resources, supports, and funding they need to succeed."

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Today in labor history: The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

The FMLA was intended "to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families."

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San Francisco supervisors pass first-ever Retail Workers Bill of Rights

The pioneering Retail Workers Bill of Rights will give an estimated 40,000 hourly workers greater stability in their schedules and hours.

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USW rolls out platform, denounces greedy forces out to destroy workers

Delegates adopted a multi-point action platform for coming years to battle what President Gerard called "shrewd, greedy and powerful" forces out to destroy workers.

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Teamsters battle senator’s scheme to lengthen truckers’ hours behind the wheel

"We cannot afford to add to driver fatigue by rolling back hours-of-service regulations, which were carefully crafted over the course of more than two decades."

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Today in labor history: Mass. first state to pass minimum wage

"The industry employing her is in receipt of the working energy of a human being at less than its cost, and to that extent is parasitic."

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Senate GOP defeats minimum wage hike

The Senate tried to raise the nation's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. But its Democratic sponsors needed 60 votes to start debate, and got six fewer than that.

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Postal unions sign cooperation pact, prepare for joint April 24 actions

The target will be schemes to cut postal services, end Saturday pickup and delivery, and fire or let go by attrition hundreds of thousands of workers.

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