September

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AFL-CIO blasts big business prison profiteers

The nation's prison population exploded from 500,000 to 2.2 million between 1980 and 2011, in the decades since the for-profit business of incarceration was born.

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Ethiopian immigrant Tefere Gebre shakes up labor organizing

Gebre's first attempt at union organizing in Orange County was a smashing success. He successfully signed up 400 workers who toiled as sorters of trash.

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Today in labor history: 1919 Boston police strike

Nothing fueled the anti-union Red Scare propagandists more than the Boston police strike of 1919.

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Orlando unionists organize for more worker power

ORLANDO, Fla. - Even in a state with a "right-to-work" law like Florida, workers still need to join unions and leverage their power by collectively bargaining with employers.

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As matter of survival, unions double down on diversity

The 50-plus unions of the AFL-CIO redoubled its efforts to diversify its ranks and leadership with more women, workers of color, LGBT and young workers.

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How to build our union movement: Ideas from LA

LOS ANGELES - As the AFL-CIO prepared to open its national convention here, two dozen committed union members and supporters voiced a slew of ideas for revitalizing the U.S. labor movement.

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Today in labor history: Social reformer Jane Addams is born

Addams was a co-founder of Chicago's Hull House, a social Christian, and a leader in the women's suffrage and peace movements. She was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Young workers are hot topic at labor journalists meet

LOS ANGELES - Young workers were the hot topic at a gathering of labor journalists in town to cover what many expect to be an historic AFL-CIO convention next week.

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Domestic workers come out of shadows, into labor movement

LOS ANGELES - Maria says she began working for an elderly woman, cleaning her house and preparing her meal, but the duties soon increased yet her wages didn't.

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Writers union vows support for whistleblowers

CHICAGO - The National Writers Union, Local 1981 of the United Auto Workers, held its biannual Delegates Assembly here recently.

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