History of the Working Class

Today in Labor History – December 9th
The Knights of Labor was founded on this date in Philadelphia as a secret society open to all members of
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Labor Speaks – 1961 NY Newspaper Strike
Video footage (with a modern soundtrack) of the 1961 NY Newspaper Strike
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Today in Labor History – December 8th
25 unions found the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in Columbus, Ohio; Cigarmaker’s union leader Samuel Gompers is elected president.
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Labor Speaks – WIlliam Burrus
The role of a labor union is to ensure that the balance is not tipped in favor of the employer
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Today in Labor History – December 7th
Heywood Broun born in New York City. Journalist, columnist and co-founder, in 1933, of The Newspaper Guild – 1888 Steam
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Labor Speaks – Monongah Book Author Speaks
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Today in Labor History – December 6th
African American delegates meet in Washington, D.C., to form the Colored National Labor Union as a branch of the all-white
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Labor Speaks – The AFL and CIO Merge
This is a 1955 Newsreel (I did not know they were still doing them in 1955) where the first story
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Today in Labor History – December 5th
Unionists John T. and James B. McNamara were sentenced to 15 years and life, respectively, after confessing to dynamiting the
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Labor Speaks – Cesar Chavez
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