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Today in labor history: Int'l Ladies Garment Workers Union founded

Today in labor history in 1900 the International Ladies Garment Workers Union was founded in New York City by seven local unions, with a few thousand members between them.

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Today in labor history: Rosie the Riveter dies at 77

Rose Will Monroe, who became famous as "Rosie the Riveter," died on May 31, 1997. During World War II, Monroe went to work in the aircraft industry as a riveter making parts for military airplanes.

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On anniversary of free trade deal, Colombian workers face turning point

After decades of displacement, war and poverty, workers in Colombia face the possibility of a better life.

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Today in labor history: 400 Black women strike over wages, conditions

Writing in The Crisis, W.E.B. Du Bois described the upsurge among Black women and men tobacco workers as part of the great industrial union organizing drives.

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5 things you need to know about the 'Comp Time' bill

If you are one of the millions of workers who count on overtime to stretch your paycheck, it's time to tell House Republicans, "Don't cut my overtime with your so-called Working Families Flexibility Act."

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Today in labor history: Report on equal pay for women

The special representative to the National War Labor Board issued a report setting forth provisions respecting wage rates for women working in war industries.

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Equal Pay Day wage gap still at 77 cents on the dollar

It took women on the job all of 2012 and every day of 2013 up until April 9 to earn the eqivalent that men earned in 2012 alone.

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Unions celebrate 20th anniversary of family leave

Unionists and women's leaders celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act by lauding the law and campaigning for the next step.

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Today in labor history: Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" tops charts

The song was written and originally performed by Parton for the 1980 film comedy Nine to Five, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Parton in her film debut.

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Today in Labor History: Fighting Mary and Mother Jones

On November 30, 1854, "Fighting Mary" Eliza McDowell, also known as the "Angel of the Stockyards," was born in Chicago.

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