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McCain Amendment to Keystone Pipeline Bill Blasted as a Job Killer by Sea Captains’ Union

 International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Asks:       If Keystone is a “Jobs Bill” Why Would Congress Want to Send 400,000 Maritime Jobs in 26 States Overseas?  WASHINGTON  –  S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, has been described as a “jobs bill” by the pipeline’s proponents since Keystone XL was first proposed, but a new […]

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MLK Day Message: the Power of the People can be Stronger than the Power of Money (InZane Times)

I was honored once again to be invited to offer the “community update” at Southern New Hampshire Outreach for Black Unity’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast.  Here’s what I said on January 19 at the Alpine Grove in Hollis: Honor and pleasure to be invited back. Thanks to Irving, Linda, Ray, and Governor Hassan. And […]

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January 22, 1959

One of the worst mining disasters in northeastern Pennsylvania history occurs when the Knox Mine Company digs illegally under the Susquehanna River without drilling boreholes to gauge the rock thickness overhead. The insufficient “roof” cover caused 10 billion gallons of water to pour into the mine. Ten people were indicted on a variety of charges, […]

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January 21, 1946

750,000 steelworkers walk off the job, joining what would become known as the Great Strike Wave of 1946. The post-World War II strike wave was not limited to industrial workers; there were more strikes in transportation, communication, and public util…

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January 20, 2000

600 heavily armed police are deployed to protect scabs unloading freight in Charleston, South Carolina, during an International Longshoremen’s Association strike. The striking longshoremen arrived at the docks to picket and a fight ensued; police drove into the crowd, fired smoke grenades, and attacked with wooden batons. Five longshoremen – who became known as the […]

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January 19, 2015

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American federal holiday celebrating the birthday of American civil rights activist and organizer Martin Luther King, Jr. The campaign for a federal holiday in his honor began soon after his assassination in 196…

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Today in labor history for the week of January 19, 2015

January 19Twenty strikers at the American Agricultural Chemical Co. in Roosevelt, N.J., were shot, two fatally, by factory guards. They and other strikers had stopped an incoming train in search of scabs when the guards opened fire – 1915(Strikes Around the World draws on the experience of fifteen countries—The United States, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, […]

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What Do Workers Want To Hear About In The State Of The Union Address?

Leading up to President Obama’s State of the Union Address, the AFL-CIO is releasing a unique, creative preview highlighting the issues America’s workers will be listening for. Through video and audio platforms, the AFL-CIO and workers in their own voices have clear messages for the President and are engaging the broader public. WORKER VIDEO MESSAGE: […]

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January 18, 1984

A 24-hour general strike called for by the Plenario Intersindical de Trabajadores (PIT) in Uruguay demands wage increases, union rights for public employees, the release of political prisoners, and respect for democratic liberties. The strike shut dow…

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Kuster Reiterates Call for Manufacturing Innovation Institute in New Hampshire

In Advance of State of the Union, Calls for Swift Implementation of New Law  Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) urged President Obama to expand the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation and to extend this successful initiative to New Hampshire.  In a letter to the President in advance of next week’s State of the Union address, Kuster […]

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