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DebsSpeak: Workers Unite

” … on the political field they (“the capitalists”) have the Republican party and the Democratic party, the former for large capitalists and the latter for small capitalists, but both of them for capitalists and both against the workers.”

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People like this remind me what public service is really about.

I opened a letter from City Hall a few weeks ago giving me news that made my whole month a good one.  They’d decided to pick my nominee for the 2014… 161 more words

August 13, 1936

35 journalists at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer walk off the job to protest the firing of two colleagues for joining the American Newspaper Guild. The P-I was forced to suspend publication and the striking employees began publishing their own newspaper, The Guild Daily, which reached a circulation of 60,000 copies a day. 33 more words


August 12, 1892

After several railroad companies refuse to obey a recently-enacted New York state law mandating a 10-hour workday and increases in the minimum wage, switchmen in Buffalo go out on strike. 34 more words


August 11, 1937

The membership of the Pacific Coast district of the International Longshoremen’s Association – with the exception of three locals in the Northwest – votes to disaffiliate and forms the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union. 18 more words


August 5, 1993

The Family and Medical Leave Act goes into effect, providing employees up to twelve weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year for family and medical reasons. 20 more words


August 4, 1919

Half of the police force in Liverpool, England, who had gone out on strike following the government’s ban on their union (the National Union of Police and Prison Officers), are replaced by scabs. 19 more words