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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 07:40 PM
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Labor history Nov 13 GM strike closes 96 plants, 259 miners died, Karen Silkwood was killed, more
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November 13

259 miners died in the underground Cherry Mine fire. As a result of the disaster, Illinois established stricter safety regulations and in 1911, the basis for the states Workers Compensation Act was passed - 1909

A Western Federation of Miners strike is crushed by the militia in Butte, Mont. - 1914

The Holland Tunnel opens, running under the Hudson River for 1.6 miles and connecting the island of Manhattan in New York City with Jersey City, NJ. Thirteen workers died over its seven-year-long construction - 1927

GM workers post-war strike for higher wages closes 96 plants - 1945

Striking typesetters at the Green Bay, Wisc. Press Gazette start a competing newspaper, The Green Bay Daily News. With financial support from a local businessman who hated the Press Gazette, the union ran the paper for four years before their angel died and it was sold to another publisher. The Gannett chain ultimately bought the paper, only to fold it in 2005 - 1972

Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union activist Karen Silkwood is killed in a suspicious car crash on her way to deliver documents to a newspaper reporter during a safety investigation of her Kerr-McGee plutonium processing plant in Oklahoma. - 1974

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November 13, 1974 - Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers union activist Karen Silkwood was killed during investigation of a Kerr-McGee nuclear plant in Oklahoma. Her car went off the road when she was on her way to deliver documents to a New York Times reporter.


The Killing of Karen Silkwood is an updated edition of the groundbreaking book about the death of union activist Karen Silkwood, whose death at age 28 was highly suspicious: she had been working on health and safety issues at the plant, and a lot of people stood to benefit by her death. The issues this book explores -- whistleblowers, worker safety, the environment, and nuclear vulnerability -- are as relevant today as they were 38 years ago. This edition includes a new foreword by labor scholar and activist Kate Bronfenbrenner, a new preface, and three short chapters that explore what has been learned about Silkwood since the books original publication in 1981. In the UCS bookstore now.

Labor history found here: http://www.unionist.com/big-labor/today-in-labor-histor... & here: http://www.workdayminnesota.org/index.php?history_9_11_...

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