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July 23, 1913: Northern Michigan copper miners strike for union recognition, higher wages and 8-hour day. By the time they threw in the towel the following April, 1,100 had been arrested on various charges and Western Federation of Miners President Charles Moyer had been shot, beaten and forced out of town.
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This Day in Labor History: December 6, 1865
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Dec. 6, 2012 | On December 6, 1865, the legislature of Georgia ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, ending slavery. Arguably the single most important event in the history of American labor, the official end to slavery closed a chapter in the nation's race-based labor system, a system that still remains in important forms to the present…Let us review the general outlines of what slavery meant – the right of the employer to do whatever they want with labor. Kill it. Beat it. Gamble it away. Dehumanize it. Whatever. It's all open game when labor becomes property… Read more at Lawyers, Guns & Money.


 
 
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