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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

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

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 […]
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 […]
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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