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On May 20, 1926, the Railway Labor Act passed Congress. This pioneering legislation attempted to end strikes on the most important of the American transportation networks and has proven surprisingly stable over the years, largely ending the period when rail strikes paralyzed the nation’s commerce. Since expanded to the airlines, the RLA remains an important […]
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On April 29, 1899, miners in the Coeur d’Alene district of northern Idaho blew up a mine, part of the long struggle in those mines by miners for dignity against companies determined to have total control over workers. This was part of the often violent industrial warfare between workers and companies in the mining camps […]
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On April 21, 1894, bituminous coal miners went on strike. This early attempt to fight against employer oppression and the extremely low wages of the mines failed pretty badly, in the face of overwhelming state violence, employer intransigence, and the deep poverty of the miners. But it served as a sign of the militancy that […]
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On April 2, 1964, the Department of Labor announced changes limiting the ability of non-American musicians to work in the U.S. after lobbying from the American Federation of Musicians. This led to outrage from fans of The Beatles and other British invasion bands. It’s a somewhat ridiculous moment in American labor history and not one […]
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