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Today in women's history: Civil rights leader and suffragist Ida B. Wells died

Wells was an outstanding civil rights activist and journalist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Today in labor history: Radical Reconstruction and 40 acres and a mule

In 1866, Thaddeus Stevens offered an amendment to a bill requiring 40 acre plots be parceled out to former slaves from both confiscated and public land in the former slave South.

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Protest immigration raid vs. workers standing up for rights

Don't look now, but the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency may be back to its old tricks.

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Construction workers more likely to die on the job

Over their careers, construction workers have a one in 200 chance of dying on the job, five times what the government considers the "significant" risk.

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Union construction jobs at stake Nov. 2

Midterm elections are next week and union construction jobs are up for grabs in California. Nonunion building contractors in the state, hungry for a bigger share of public sector projects in the wake of the building bust, have taken their fight with labor to the ballot box.