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Sept. 20, 1887
According to folklorist John Garst, steel-drivin’ man John Henry, born a slave, outperformed a steam hammer on this date at the Coosa Mountain Tunnel or the Oak Mountain Tunnel of the Columbus and Western Railway (now part of the Norfolk Southern) near Leeds, Ala. Other researchers place the contest near Talcott, W.Va.

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Mar. 16, 2018 | ELECTIONS | Teamsters and other labor allies in western Pennsylvania worked long hours in the days leading up to a special U.S. House election this week letting union members in the district know there was only one candidate who would stand up for their families. And the effort paid off. Conor Lamb (D), an ex-federal prosecutor and Marine with strong family ties to the area, prevailed by the thinnest of margins because people like Jamie Masciarelli put in the time going workplace to workplace to make sure he did. Masciarelli, a member of Local 249 and chief steward at Vogel Disposal, spent the week before Tuesday’s election making sure his fellow Teamsters were educated on the issues. It was the first time Masciarelli had worked as a “lost timer”, but he said the effort was well worth it. “We tried to get into the members’ heads that it is important to vote pro-labor,” he said… Teamster
 
 
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