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On July 10, 1986, United Airlines agreed to pay a minimum of nearly $33 million in restitution and reinstate at least 475 fired flight attendants to compensate for illegally firing them for getting married. This was the all-too rare case of women winning compensation for their inherent sexism they faced on the job for essentially […]
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On June 4, 1912, Massachusetts established the nation’s first minimum wage. This was a result of long-time worker outrage over the conditions of their lives and the strikes that resulted. It also led to a pioneering law that would become the law of the land a quarter-century later. In 1911, the Massachusetts legislation came under […]
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Above: Slaves at a coffee yard in a farm. Vale do Paraiba, Sao Paulo, 1882 On May 13, 1888, Brazil abolished slavery. The last nation in the Western Hemisphere to do so, it brought to an end the fundamental labor force of American colonization. Slavery was central to nearly the entirety of European conquest of […]
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On April 16, 1947, the SS Grandcamp, a French-registered ship of American origin, exploded in the harbor of Texas City, Texas. Carrying 2,200 tons of ammonium nitrate, this set off a chain reaction of explosions that killed at least 581 people, exposing the complete lack of safety for workers in the shipyards and leading to […]
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