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On November 23, 1903, Colorado governor James Peabody sent the state militia to Cripple Creek to crush the Western Federation of Miners led strike in that mining town. This all too typical action by the state during the Gilded Age had major repercussions. It succeeded in ending the strike, but it also led the WFM […]
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On October 23, 1995, John Sweeney won the election to become president of the AFL-CIO. This ground shifting event began the process of moving the federation away from its staid Cold War policies and unwillingness to organize workers and attempted to make it once again a fighting force for the nation’s working people. The success […]
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On October 11, 1979, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined the chemical company American Cyanamid $10,000 for coercing women workers into sterilization if they wanted to work in jobs where they would be exposed to lead and chemicals. This tiny fine for systemic sex discrimination and pollution was in no way enough of […]
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On September 29, 1917, General John J. Pershing appointed retired Colonel Brice Disque to find a solution to the labor situation in the Northwestern forests. He led the Spruce Production Division, a special unit designed to ensure the military acquired the needed wood to build airplanes for World War I. To do so, Disque had […]
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