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This is the grave of John L. Lewis. Born near Cleveland, Iowa in 1888, Lewis came from a largely lapsed Mormon family that he later claimed influenced his desire to fight for the poor. At the age of 17, he entered a coal mine near Lucas, Iowa. He was instantly attracted to unionism and was […]

Vox’s Mr. Block

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On November 19, 2017

Mr. Block was a cartoon run in Industrial Workers of the World newspapers to depict a worker who was just too dumb and too suckered by the employer propaganda to join the union. Last week, Vox employe

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On November 8, 1970, Congress approved the Reorganization Acts Amendment that laid the groundwork for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Despite what nearly a half-century of right-wing and pro-business propaganda has claimed, the EPA was an openly pro-worker act, not a job destroyer. The need for the EPA was nearly undeniable. The nation’s […]
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On October 19, 1980, the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) forced the textile company J.P. Stevens to sign a contract for the first time in North Carolina and Alabama. The result of years of struggle, this was a groundbreaking agreement in one of the most anti-union bastions in the United States. Unfortunately, it […]
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This is the grave of George McNeill. The so-called “Father of the Eight-Hour Day,” McNeill was born in 1836 in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Like many young New Englanders of his day, he started working in the apparel factories at a very young age, in his case he was 10 when he started working in 1846. He […]
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