October

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Today in labor history: Earl Lloyd became the first black player in NBA

Born in Virginia, Lloyd attended West Virginia state.  He was selected in the 9th round NBA draft.

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D.C. taxi drivers join Teamsters

In the latest instance of a group of low-wage, hard-to-organize workers banding together and joining unions, taxi drivers in Washington, D.C., are joining Teamsters Local 922.

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Perez: Cut poverty? Among other things, strengthen unions

"Any anti-poverty approach must raise up the rights of workers to join a union and bargain collectively for higher wages and better working conditions."

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Today in labor history: Meese tells employers to spy on workers

Ed Meese, attorney general (the main legal advisor to the government) in the Ronald Reagan administration, urged employers to begin spying on workers.

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Obama’s NLRB nominee confirmed, but others could face roadblocks

Today's action by the U.S. Senate confirming Richard Griffin as NLRB general counsel is the final piece needed to ensure a fully functioning National Labor Relations Board.

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Pope Francis, the Bishop of Bling, CEOs, and Leo Gerard

American CEOs and boards of directors should take note of Pope Francis' recent suspension of the "Bishop of Bling."

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Today in labor history: Wall Street crash of 1929

The Wall Street Crash was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the U.S. Iit signaled the beginning of the 10-year Great Depression that affected all Western industrialized countries.

 

 

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Today in labor history: Underground Railroad leader Levi Coffin born

He strongly advocated for aid to the freed slaves to enable them to take their full place in American society.

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Unionized carwash workers in New York win first contracts

The three-year pacts cover workers at the Webster Car Wash and WCA/Rico Pobre Car Wash in the Bronx and the Jomar Car Wash and Sutphin Car Wash in Queens.

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Chicago kids approve fresh food but not school cafeteria cuts

Parents, teachers, students and cafeteria workers cheered the decision by Chicago Public Schools last summer to replace frozen, canned and pre-plated meals with fresh food.

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