Labor News

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Today in labor history: Freedom Riders attacked in Alabama

On May 14, 1961, Freedom Riders were brutally attacked by violent, well-armed and organized mobs of Klansmen and other terrorists in Anniston and Birmingham, Ala., with the support of local law enforcement and politicians.

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AFL-CIO: Penalize Bangladesh until it protects workers

The AFL-CIO is demanding the U.S. government yank trade preferences from Bangladesh until that South Asian nation really shows a commitment to protecting its workers.

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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: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters founded

Representing the Pullman Porters, the Brotherhood was the first African-American labor union to sign a collective bargaining agreement with a major U.S. corporation.

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Today in labor history: Chicago Haymarket affair

Probably no single event has influenced the history of labor in the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket affair.

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Students and pizza workers unite!

The University of Wisconsin at Madison has been at the center of an ongoing dispute between workers rights activists and the Palermo's frozen pizza company.

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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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No worker should have to sacrifice life or health on the job

Each day in this country, 150 workers die from job injuries and occupational diseases. Around the globe, the toll is vast, with 2.3 million workers dying and 317 million workers injured on the job each year.

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One of the nation's longest lockouts comes to an end

Union workers at American Crystal Sugar plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa expect to return to work soon now that they approved a contract last Saturday.

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