September

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Today in labor history: Singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie dies at age 55

Guthrie traveled with workers and learned their traditional songs, earning himself the nickname "Dust Bowl Troubadour."

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Unions take aim at child labor, trafficking

Around the globe, 215 million children are engaged in child labor, including an estimated six million in forced labor.

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Today in labor history: George Washington bridge opened

The George Washington Bridge, a suspension bridge spanning the Hudson River and connecting Manhattan in New York City to Fort Lee in N.J., was officially inaugurated.

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Mexican right rams through anti-labor law

Mexico has had, on paper, progressive labor laws. However, workers have trouble defending their interests even where there is a union.

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Fatal work injuries down slightly in 2011

The number of fatal occupational injuries nationwide dropped to 4,609 in 2011.

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Duquesne University professors say yes to a union

Professors at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, a prominent Catholic institution, voted to unionize with the Steelworkers. But the struggle isn't over yet.

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Trumka urges white working-class men to back Warren in Mass.

Using unusually strong language, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka waded into the neck-and-neck Massachusetts U.S. Senate.

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Restaurant has to pay wages it stole from employee

Workers in transparent rain ponchos hand out pale yellow fliers to people preparing to enter Lee Kan's Asian Grill in the Collierville Shopping Center.


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Today in labor history: Suffragette socialist Sylvia Pankhurst dies in 1960

Most people don't realize that a legendary suffragette, Sylvia Pankhurst, lived well into the mid-20th century.

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Today in labor history: First Model T leaves the assembly line

The problems of speedup and other dangerous assembly line practices were skewered in Charlie Chaplin's classic film "Modern Times."

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