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On September 30, 1899, Mary “Mother” Jones organized the wives and daughters of striking coal miners in Arnot, Pennsylvania to descend on the mine and intimidate the scabs working there. This critical action succeeded and helped their men win their strike. In May 1899, about 1,000 men went on strike in Arnot, which is in […]

Nurses Unite!

On September 17, 2020

A huge win for the National Nurses Union and all those who undertake the herculean task of organizing the South! It’s a new day at HCA’s Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, for register

On September 17, 1868, the Working Women’s Association formed as the working class representation within the women’s suffrage and labor movements. This short-lived moment in our labor history demonstrates at least the potential for cross-class solidarity among labor issues at this time, but also the disconnect between 19th century middle class reformers and the working […]
On September 11, 1921, oil workers in the San Joaquin Valley went on strike in a desperate, though ultimately failed, attempt to improve their lives. Showing how hard it was to organize during Red Scare, this very brief moment in labor history demonstrates that organizing never dies, even in the worst conditions. The post-World War […]
This Vox piece on the impact of the NBA players strike is good. Basically, a lot of actions in the recent strike wave have been about community unionism–striking for the good of the entire community–rather than just your standard pay and hours strikes. The NBA strike certainly qualifies as that. But increasingly, they are also […]
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