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On September 27, 1922, the Sentinels of the Republic formed as a conservative organization to defeat labor reform. It first targeted the Child Labor Amendment proposed to the Constitution. This successful attempt to defeat even the most basic labor reforms demonstrates how rich corporate and conservative interests in the United States can defeat labor reform. […]
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On September 17, 2011, a group of activists started protesting in Zucotti Park in Lower Manhattan. Soon gaining the nation’s attention and spawning similar groups across the country, Occupy Wall Street became the first major grassroots protest against inequality in the New Gilded Age. While it in itself did not lead to long-term victories, it […]
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Labor Day/Labor Issues

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On September 6, 2021
A couple of links for Labor Day evening: It may surprise you that we really did come close to a 30 hour week once and the force behind that was Hugo Black. After Roosevelt won the election but before he took office, Sen. Hugo Black (D-Ala.) introduced a bill backed by the American Federation of […]
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On August 29, 1935, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters signed its first contract with the Pullman Car Company, breaking that company’s long anti-union history and providing a breakthrough for Black workers in America. This successful campaign laid the groundwork for much larger campaigns for Black labor organizing over the next several years. Founded in […]
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