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On the march. David Jones / PA Archive

How relevant are the TUC and unions today?

A century on from the UK's only ever general strike, the major federation for organised labour in Britain must learn to be more effective.
The first Labor Day was hardly a national holiday. Workers had to strike to celebrate it. Frank Leslie's Weekly Illustrated Newspaper's September 16, 1882

Have we forgotten the true meaning of Labor Day?

The holiday began as a strike against excessive workweeks but now bears little resemblance to its worker-centric origins, even as the founders' gains are slowly lost.
Denise Barlage and Venanzi Luna. Liz Cooke

The women who are taking on Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in the world. The retailer's size means it has huge influence on labor standards. A Dartmouth historian profiles the women who are pushing Walmart to improve.

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