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New Exhibit: The AFL-CIO Merger

The AFL-CIO, America’s largest federation of trade unions, represents over 12.5 million workers. Before 1955, the AFL (American Federation of Labor) and the CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations) were separate, competing organizations. 100 more words

News And Events

February 10, 1928

At the Hollinger Consolidated Gold Mine in Timmins, Ontario – the largest in North America – 39 miners are killed when a fire spreads carbon monoxide through the workings. 17 more words


February 7, 2008

A huge explosion and fire at the Imperial Sugar refinery northwest of Savannah, Georgia, kills 14 and injures 38 people. The explosion was fueled by massive accumulations of combustible sugar dust throughout the packaging building. 32 more words


February 4, 1896

The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers is formed at a meeting in Pittsburgh with 16 delegates from local unions. Today, the union represents 120,000 ironworkers in North America.


February 3, 1941

The U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously in United States v. Darby to uphold the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which banned certain types of child labor, established a minimum wage, and set a maximum workweek at 44 hours.


February 2, 1977

Legal secretary Iris Rivera is fired for refusing to make coffee for her employer. A Chicago-based advocacy group, Women Employed, led a series of public actions against her firing and eventually Rivera got her job back.


"Killing for Coal" by Thomas G. Andrews and the Interdisciplinary Complexities of Labor History

In John Womack’s article, Doing Labor History: Feelings, Work, Material Power, the author expresses a general frustration with the practice of disseminating labor history. His particular qualm, first encountered in his attempts to conduct his own studies, lay in the nature of the historiography, which he deemed more social history than labor history. 360 more words