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Labor News Update - 08/25/2023

#HotLaborSummer Strike Coverage

'Hot labor summer: Actors, union leaders rally in downtown Chicago as SAG-AFTRA strike continues

Possible US auto strike as unions flex muscle in 'Hot Labor Summer'

UAW seeking 'record-breaking' contracts on par with profits

Labor News

Unions' warning to Wall Street

LIUNA Members in Columbia, Missouri, Secure Contract with 6% Pay Increases

UFW Condemns Porpiglia Farm Owners’ intimidation of workers and threats against UFW organizer

Union promotes shipbuilding project that would bring jobs to Lordstown

UMWA Mourns Loss of Noble Environmental Worker

UMWA Associate Membership Spotlight: Carol Smith

Nurse union accuses NYU Langone-Brooklyn hospital of understaffing

College of DuPage faculty members authorize strike


NLRB News, Updates & Summaries

National Labor Relations Board Issues Final Rule to Restore Fair and Efficient Procedures for Union Elections

Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of August 14 - 28, 2023

Politics, Legislation & Government

Cameron’s Latest Stop on The Empty Education Apology Tour

'It was a great first step': New Kansas law increases protection for healthcare workers

60 Years After the March on Washington, Let's Recommit to the Fight for Justice

Tell 'em about the dream, Martin!': Memories from the crowd at MLKS March on Washington

Oregon union’s campaign to recall top Democratic state lawmaker qualifies for ballot

WA Supreme Court: Unions can no longer block release of state workers’ contact info 

Jobs, Business & Economy

Labor History in 2:00:  This Day in Labor History

August 25 A Historical Irony On this day in Labor History the year was 1819.  That was the day at Allan Pinkerton was born in Glasgow, Scotland.  His father was a policeman, who died while Allan was a boy.  This left the family in poverty.  As a young man he became involved in the Chartism movement.  This reform movement hoped to expand the political rights of the working class in Great Britain. Allan had to flee his homeland to avoid arrest because of his involvement.  This led him to Chicago.  It is a great historic irony that Allan Pinkerton came to the United States because of his involvement in a working class cause.  Today Pinkertons are often considered some of the greatest armed foes against unionism in US labor history.  In Chicago, Pinkerton became involved in law enforcement and then formed his own detective agency.  The Pinkerton National Detective Agency made its name working against railway thefts.  But it became most notorious for opposing the labor movement.  Pinkerton spies infiltrated labor meetings for company owners, worked as hired guns to stop union organizing and protected strike breakers.  Pinkerton died in 1884, and passed the agency to his sons. During the 1890s there were more Pinkertons and reserves than the standing army of the United States. One of the most famous battles between Pinkertons and workers occurred at the 1892 strike against Carnegie steel in Homestead, Pennsylvania.  There Seven workers and two Pinkertons were killed.  The event inspired a song by William W. Delaney.  The lyrics include the lines, “God help them tonight in their hour of affliction, Praying for him whom they’ll ne’er see again, Hear the poor orphans tell their sad story, “Father was killed by a Pinkerton Man.”  

Labor History in 2 is a daily, pocket-sized history of America's working people, brought to you by The Rick Smith Show team.

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