Save the U.S. Postal Service!!

by Andy Piascik PERHAPS YOU’VE NOTICED that there are fewer post offices around. In the past decade, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has closed almost two hundred facilities, nationwide, in an aggressive effort to do away with and eventually privatize an institution that is older than the country itself. Included in that number are […]

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May 15: The Winnipeg General Strike, 1919

Sam Blumenberg, Michael Charitinoff, and Moses Almazov were among five immigrants arrested for instigating the Winnipeg General Strike, which began on this date in 1919. The strike originated on May Day in the building and metal trades, which had organized into industry-wide unions with which management refused to negotiate. By the 15th, the city was […]

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April 2: Sol Stetin vs. J.P. Stevens

Sol Stetin, the president of the Textile Workers Union of America who led a 17-year struggle to unionize J.P. Stevens in the anti-union American South, was born in Poland, near Lodz, on this date in 1910. As a textile worker, he was active in the nationwide American textile strike of 1934, which involved half a […]

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January 11: Bread and Roses

The Lawrence, Massachusetts textile workers strike, led by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, or Wobblies), began on this day in 1912. It lasted two months and united thousands of women of varying ethnicities who spoke dozens of languages among them. The strike later became known as the “Bread and Roses strike,” after a […]

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