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On October 1, 1833, Baltimore seamstresses went on strike. While not a epoch-changing event in American labor history, it is a good moment to get into the everyday drudgery and struggles of urban antebellum white workers, issues that are a lot more important in the lives of the working-class than brief revolutionary moments that capture […]

Sweatshops Kill

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On September 27, 2017

I am far from surprised that a sizable number of the deaths in the Mexico earthquake are sweatshop workers toiling in an unsafe building. In Mexico City, social movements and working people are in mou

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On September 15, 1845, women working in the Pittsburgh textile mills met in Market Square to discuss the necessity of fighting to cut their days from 12 to 10 hours without a reduction in pay. This led to a strike and a violent confrontation three weeks later that demonstrated both the militancy early workers could […]
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Clearly, supply chains with no accountability for the parent companies who create a system where they get cheap exploitable labor with no legal consequences is a great thing…. Women working in Cambodian factories supplying some of the world’s best-known sportswear brands are suffering from repeated mass faintings linked to conditions. Over the past year more […]
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