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On July 1, 1922, the Great Railroad Strike of 1922 begins. Also known as the Railway Shopmen’s Strike, this action was the largest railway strike in the United States since the Pullman Strike in 1894. It led to at least ten dead and was the rare challenge to American employers in the harshly anti-union 1920s. […]
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On June 24, 1867, Chinese workers building the transcontinental railroad across Sierra Nevada went on strike over the horrific conditions of their work for the Central Pacific Railroad. This remarkable strike did not succeed, but they made it very clear to the extremely rich and corrupt men running the Central Pacific that their collective labor […]

Apple Organizing

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On June 20, 2022

Good news from Apple workers: Apple employees at a Baltimore-area store have voted to unionize, making it the first of the company’s 270-plus stores in the United States to join a trend in labor org

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On June 15, 1942, workers at a General Motors factory engaged in a wildcat strike to protest new policies that forbade them from smoking on the job. While this may seem like an odd incident, it actually shines quite a light on working class culture in the mid-twentieth century and conditions on the shop floor […]
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On June 1, 1981, Seattle-based Filipino nationalist and labor activists Gene Viernes and Silme Domingo were assassinated in office of Alaska Cannery Workers Local 27 (ILWU) on the orders of Ferdinand Marcos. This event shocked the Filipino community in the United States and helped lead to greater international pressure against the dictator in Manila. It […]

The State of Labor

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On May 25, 2022

Steven Greenhouse has an LA Times op-ed that I think does a great job of getting at where organized labor is in 2022: In recent months, it suddenly seems that there are really two labor movements. One

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