History

  • Feb. is Black (Labor) History Month

    February is Black History Month, and we’ve pulled together profiles by the AFL-CIO on several pioneering African Americans labor leaders as well as a list of resources courtesy of the American Labor Studies Center.

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  • Legacy of Local 22 to be honored on April 20 in Winston-Salem

    On April 20, 2013 – seventy years later – a coalition of labor, faith, and community members will unveil a commemorative state marker to celebrate tobacco Local 22 and the anniversary of their historic sit-down strike that sparked a wave of interracial union organizing in the Jim Crow South.

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  • A brief history of unemployment insurance

    Our forebears discovered that unemployment insurance holds up consumer demand, hence businesses, in a faltering economy. It’s worked for almost 80 years. With economic recovery underway but still precarious, now is not the time to ignore the hard-earned wisdom of history.

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  • NC Highway Sign Now Marks the CIO’s “Operation Dixie”

    On Saturday, September 3, 2011, a new North Carolina Highway Historical Marker was unveiled in Rocky Mount for Operation Dixie.

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  • Special Exhibit on Child Labor in NC at Museum of History

    On Sunday, May 15, the North Carolina Museum of History will feature a showing and discussion of The Cry of the Children. The controversial 1912 silent film depicts the hardships of child textile workers. The film includes real footage of children working in mills.

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  • The Triangle Fire: Still Burning Before Our Nation

    100 years ago today in New York City, 146 workers, mostly young immigrant girls, jumped to their deaths from the 10-story building, unable to escape a fire because factory foremen had locked all the doors. The owners, Isaac Harris and Max Blanck, worried the workers would steal from the company.

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  • A Brief History of Unions

    Brought to you by the PA AFL-CIO Thanks to our colleagues at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO for putting together this fun and simple yet effective video. In less than two minutes, children and adults alike can grasp the history of Organized Labor in the United States. Watch this entertaining and informative video and enjoy your weekend:

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  • Happy Labor Day 2010!!!

    The history behind the holiday The Department of Labor has pulled together a comprehensive guide to the history of Labor Day in the United States. Check it out at http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm. In addition to many historical images from Labor Days past, the DOL has pulled together a few feature stories about the holiday, including: Labor Daze […]

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  • 75th Anniversary of Works Progress Administration

    WPA put millions of Americans back to work When President Franklin Roosevelt came to office during the Great Depression, he recognized his most urgent task was putting millions of unemployed and destitute Americans back to work.  Out of this great need for jobs, the Works Progress Administration, one of FDR’s many New Deal job initiatives, […]

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  • Crystal Lee Sutton Tribute is This Saturday (1/9)

    Celebrate the life and times of the real ‘Norma Rae’ and U-N-I-O-N This Saturday, January 9, 2010, folks will come together in Greensboro, NC to celebrate the life of Crystal Lee Sutton, the real “Norma Rae”. John Wilhelm, President of UNITE HERE, will be the keynote speaker. The celebration will include testimonials, videos, cultural presentations […]

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  • Crystal Lee Sutton Tribute Planned for Jan 9th

    Save the date! On Saturday, January 9, 2010, folks will come together in Greensboro, NC to celebrate the life of Crystal Lee Sutton, the real “Norma Rae”. John Wilhelm, President of UNITE HERE, will be the keynote speaker. The celebration will include testimonials, videos, cultural presentations and comments by family, friends and union activists. What: […]

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  • Crystal Lee “Norma Rae” Sutton Dead of Cancer

    Crystal Lee Sutton at her home in Burlington, N.C. Photo Credit: By Joseph Rodriguez — Associated Press Icon of labor movement leaves a legacy of ‘UNION’ The day before the start of our state AFL-CIO convention in Atlantic Beach, we received notice that Crystal Lee Sutton, the real life Norma Rae, had entered hospice care […]

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