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July 25, 1937:  Fifteen “living dead women” testify before the Illinois Industrial Commission. They were “Radium Girls,” women who died prematurely after working at clock and watch factories, where they were told to wet small paintbrushes in their mouths so they could dip them in radium to paint dials. A Geiger counter passed over graves in a cemetery near Ottawa, Illinois still registers the presence of radium.
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The Assault on Michigan Unions
Updated On: Dec 07, 2012

Dec. 7, 2012 | (Click on image to enlarge.) Yesterday in Michigan, Gov. Rick Synder and his GOP controlled lame-duck legislature pulled a fast one, introducing and then ramming though the House and Senate so-called "right to work" legislation. The bill was introduced at 11 a.m., passed the House by 5 p.m. by a narrow margin and the Senate at around 6 p.m. When the process is complete and the bill is signed, Michigan will become the 24th right to work [for less] state. Why the rush? The GOP majority felt it might not have the votes once the newly elected legislature was seated in January. The bill is designed so it cannot be repealed by popular referendum….Standing tall behind the measure was [multimillionaire] David Koch's Americans for Prosperity group, the non-profit organization that bankrolled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's efforts to strip the state's public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights. Read the rest of the story at Alter Net. Related: "The ugly battle to force right-to-work-for-less legislation on Michiganders is being waged by multimillionaires and their outside consultants who are increasingly taking hold of our government. It's outrageous that the ultra rich behind this scheme are strong-arming state politicians with dirty tactics, including threatening to run candidates against them if they do not vote for the ploy…" Read President Hoffa's full response to yesterday's action. Image via Facebook Timeline Photos.


 
 
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