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On May 18, 1979, a jury found for Karen Silkwood’s estate in her plutonium exposure case. Unfortunately, she had died in a car accident five years earlier that was likely a murder orchestrated by her employer enraged by her exposing their toxic legacy. Karen Silkwood was a working-class woman from Texas, divorced and taking care […]
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This is totally nuts: Volkswagen will escape a second unionization effort at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant for the time being after the National Labor Relations Board sided with the company in a legal dispute with the United Auto Workers. The NLRB in an unexpected move May 3, granted Volkswagen’s request to put the election on […]
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On May 1, 1867, workers in Chicago went on strike for an 8-hour day, the first mass-scale labor action for that demand that directly challenged political power. The 8-hour day is popularly known for its embrace by the Knights of Labor. Moreover, the May 1 workers’ holiday has its origins in Chicago, particularly around the […]
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Women in the Labor Movement

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On April 22, 2019
Kim Kelly has a great piece highlighting how women are taking over the labor movement: This renewed energy is coming disproportionately from women. In fact, women — and particularly women of color — remain on the front lines of worker-organizing in a variety of industries, including those our patriarchal society has long coded as “women’s […]
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