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August 18, 2011

081711882_MCA3291Agencia BrasilBrazilian President Dilma Rouseff addresses a list of 150 demands by the Margaridas (“Daisies”) – an organization advocating for the rights of women rural workers – and agrees to establish healthcare facilities and centers to enforce health and safety regulations in rural areas, finance more family-owned farms, and to create a national program on sustainable agriculture to help women in rural communities.

August 16, 2012

4af29301-a06b-4f5e-add0-76dc9b165323-2060x1236South African police open fire on a large crowd of men who had walked out on strike at the British-owned Lonmin platinum mine at Marikana, killing 34 workers. The miners – who earned roughly $400 a month – were on strike over wages. In contrast, Lonmin’s annual profits for shareholders in 2011 was $273 million, and its CEO was paid nearly $2 million a year.

August 7, 2011

144751-workers-rally-outside-verizon-headquarters-in-new-york45,000 Verizon workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers begin a 2-week strike over management’s refusal to engage in serious bargaining. The two unions condemned the company’s push for large-scale concessions, given Verizon’s $22 billion profitability over the past four years.

August 5, 2011

chile copperMore than 11,000 miners and contractors end their strike at the world’s largest copper mine – Escondida, owned by a private Australian company – in Chile that began in late July over bonus pay to compensate for declining wages tied to production. The strike was part of a wave of growing unrest by workers, students, and environmentalists in Chile against the right-wing Pinera government.

May 1, 2015

may dayHappy International Workers’ Day! May Day is celebrated around the world as a day of international working class solidarity and is a national public holiday in more than 80 countries. The date was chosen by the Socialist International Congress (the Second International) in 1889 to commemorate the Haymarket incident in Chicago.

April 2, 2011

002_RBI-image-JOC043821I02Canadian and American trade unionists rally at the international border between British Columbia and Washington to show their solidarity with public sector workers in Wisconsin facing attacks by that state’s government. The action was organized in conjunction with hundreds of other We Are One rallies that took place throughout North America.

February 5, 2015

2.5.15 MemeToday, Cal/OSHA – California’s state-run OSHA office – is holding a meeting to discuss a draft of what will be the nation’s first ever comprehensive workplace violence prevention regulation for healthcare workers. Healthcare and social assistance workers experience the most assaults on the job, accounting for almost 60 percent of violent assaults in the workplace, but management’s response too often is that it is just “part of the job.”

January 27, 2014

peteFolk singer and songwriter Pete Seeger dies at the age of 94. Seeger was active in progressive causes his entire life, using music to champion labor, civil rights, women’s rights, peace, and the environmental movements. “I call them all love songs,” he said of his music.

January 19, 2015

tumblr_mgfbcnPbGU1rl5nsqo1_500Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American federal holiday celebrating the birthday of American civil rights activist and organizer Martin Luther King, Jr. The campaign for a federal holiday in his honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronal Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

January 3, 2014

cambodia-protests-garment-workers-and-riot-police-in-phnom-penh.jpg@protect,34,94,938,954@crop,658,370,cThe Cambodian government sends military police to attack a demonstration of garment workers on strike for a higher minimum wage. The police opened fire with AK-47 rifles, killing five workers and injuring dozens more. Following the attack, the government banned all demonstrations and used military force to clear the streets. At least 39 workers were detained and held in unknown locations.

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