October

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Fast food workers rally vs. poverty wages

Fast food workers and their supporters packed a Wendy's restaurant in Oakland Oct. 15, demanding a living wage and labor rights.

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Dallas joins national day of protest over shutdown

About 50 activists, many of them retirees, gathered outside the office of Senator Ted Cruz in Dallas on October 15.

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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.

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Shutdown puts hundreds of thousands in dire straits

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

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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.

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Today in Latino History: Cuba declares independence from Spain

The revolt was led by Carlos Manuel de Céspedes.  Céspedes, himself a plantation owner, freed his slaves and invited them to join the rebellion.

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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.

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Today in Latino history: Slavery abolished in Cuba

Slavery was finally abolished in Cuba by Spanish royal decree that also made an indentured servitude system, known as "patronato," illegal.

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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.

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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.

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