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December 16, 1929

New South Wales mounted police open fire on a crowd of 4,000 coal miners – locked out since March – protesting the introduction of scabs at the Rothbury, Australia, mine. 32 more words

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December 15, 1944

Rubber tapper, trade union leader, and community and environmental activist Chico Mendes is born. Mendes fought to preserve the Amazon rainforest and advocated for the rights of Brazilian workers, peasants, and indigenous peoples. 16 more words

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December 14, 1990

A general strike in Morocco – called by two of the country’s main labor unions, the General Workers’ Trade Union and the Democratic Confederation of Labor – press for an increase in the minimum wage and an expansion of benefits. 21 more words

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December 12, 1964

Nine million French workers – more than half of the country’s workforce – participate in a nationwide strike of public service workers over the stagnation of wages under President Charles de Gaulle’s government.

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December 11, 2012

Michigan becomes the 24th “right-to-work” state in the United States when Governor Rick Snyder signs legislation hours after the bills – one covering private workers, the other covering public workers – won final approval in the House and five days after he joined with Senate and House majority leaders to announce their plan to enact the law.

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December 10, 1906

3,000 Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) members at the General Electric plant complex in Schenectady, New York, begin what is believed to be this country’s first sit-down strike.

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December 9, 1869

The Knights of Labor – the first national industrial union in the United States – is founded in Philadelphia by Uriah Stephens and eight other Philadelphia garment cutters. 23 more words

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