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April 14, 2024

Today in 1934
The Toledo (Ohio) Auto-Lite strike begins today with 6,000 workers demanding union recognition and higher pay. The strike is notable for a five-day running battle in late May between the strikers and 1,300 members of the Ohio National Guard. Known as the “Battle of Toledo,” the clash left two strikers dead and more than 200 injured. The two-month strike, a win for the workers’ union, is regarded by many labor historians as one of the nation’s three most important strikes. ~ Labor Tribune

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The Evolution of American Labor Reform
Posted On: Feb 28, 2024
Feb. 28, 2024 |AMERICAN LABOR MOVEMENT| In the heart of America's bustling cities and quiet towns, a transformation has unfolded within the ranks of labor unions, marking a pivotal shift from their traditional focus on workplace issues to embracing a broad, liberal agenda. This evolution, mirroring the changing composition of its membership from industrial workers to government and service employees, has seen unions champion causes such as LGBT rights, abortion, and opposition to welfare reform. At the center of this change is the AFL-CIO under John Sweeney's leadership since the mid-1990s, steering the organization into more liberal waters and challenging conservative political figures. The landscape of the American labor movement began its shift in the 1960s and 1970s, a period that sought to counter declining membership rates by expanding into the government and service sectors. This strategic pivot was not merely a change in direction but a transformation in the very nature of labor activism. The new direction, however, has sparked debates among rank-and-file union members, with some viewing these broader social issues as out of step with the core mission of labor unions… BNN
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