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Today in women's history: Mother Jones ordered to stop "stirring up" miners

She was banished from more towns and was held incommunicado in more jails in more states than any other union leader of the time.

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Today in women’s history: Triangle sweatshop fire kills 146

A total of 146 workers - almost all of them immigrant women - are killed in a fire at New York's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, March 25, 1911.

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Today in women's history: International Women's Day

March 8, International Women's Day, grew from two sources -- the struggle of working women to form trade unions and the fight for women's right to vote.

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Today in women's history: Lucy Parsons died

Lucy Ella Gonzales Parsons, a working-class leader and spouse of one of the Haymarket martyrs, died March 7, 1942 in Chicago.

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Today in women's history: Frances Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor

The appointment on March 4, 1933, made Perkins the first female cabinet member in U.S. history. She helped bring about the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Social Security Act

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Federal IDs for all workers: A trial balloon?

The Senate is considering a bipartisan plan to require all working people in the U.S. to carry a biometric ID card with their finger prints or other markers.

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Communist Party head in historic debate at Univ of Georgia

In 1963, the Phi Kappa Literary Society at the University of Georgia invited a speaker from the Communist Party to the campus for a public debate.

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Union leader says politics behind attack on public workers

Attacks have no basis in financial fact, President Harold Schaitberger says. They're part of a larger Wall Street scheme to get its hands on workers' pension money nationwide, he believes.

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Unions to aim for labor law, immigration reform

Reforming labor law to help balance the scales between workers and bosses in organizing and bargaining, will always be labor's number one legislative priority - until it passes.

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