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Oct. 26, 1825: After eight years and at least 1,000 worker deaths—mostly Irish immigrants—the 350-mile Erie Canal opens, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Father John Raho wrote to his bishop that "so many die that there is hardly any time to give Extreme Unction (last rites) to everybody. We run night and day to assist the sick."

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Posted On: Sep 13, 2013

  • Maryland seeks out uninsured to inform about Obamacare.
  • Judge declares Indiana 'right-to-work' law unconstitutional.
  • Ex-bankster sides with Teamsters on bank reform.
  • Congressional Black Caucus on the importance of organized labor.
  • Unions aren't just for middle-aged white guys anymore.
  • Labor secretary reinforces his commitment to certain policies.
  • AFL-CIO demands ACA fix re multiemployer health plans.
  • Here's a short video that shows the link between unions and prosperity.
  • "The only prosperity is a shared prosperity," top economist in address to AFL-CIO. About 12 minutes beginning at 12:25. Worth a listen.


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