Labor News


Today in labor history: Black inventor Henry Blair patents cotton planter

In 1857 patent rights were denied to slaves and were restored after the Civil War. Blair died in 1860, the year the war began.


Shutdown puts hundreds of thousands in dire straits

About half a million federal employees remain locked out of their jobs due to the shutdown.


Today in labor history: Miners' National Association forms

It sought to unite all miners as workers in a single industrial union, regardless of skill level or ethnicity.


Supreme Court moves to aid union busters again

The justices will hear a case about whether union-represented home health care workers must pay for the union's services.


Today in labor history: Labor journalist Mary Heaton Vorse is born


She reported on the Lawrence textile strike, the steel strike of 1919, the textile workers strike of 1934, and coal strikes in Harlan County, Kentucky. After reporting on the Loray Mill strike in Gastonia, N. C., in 1929, she wrote her famous novel, "Strike!"


Report: Nissan in Mississippi is violating international labor law

The company is in violation of the standards on freedom of association, the report notes, because of Nissan's "aggressive interference" with workers attempting to exercise their fundamental right to organize a union.


UAW on verge of breakthrough in South?

There are now so many auto workers in the South that one Southern U.S. GOP senator recently claimed his region is now the center of the U.S. auto industry.


Senator: Coal mine owners treat workers as "property"

WASHINGTON (PAI)-The nation's coal mine owners "so victimize" their workers that the workers "come as close to being property as anyone I can imagine," a leading congressional advocate for the miners says.


Connecticut unions reach out to all workers

The convention's clear agenda was to organize the unorganized and stand up for the rights and needs of all working people.


Supreme Court postpones top labor case involving NLRB rulings

McCutcheon is scheduled for Oct. 8, but the court may not be in session because Congress has not approved money bills to keep the government going.

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