Today's Labor History
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African-American delegates meet in Washington, D.C., to form the Colored National Labor Union as a branch of the all-White National Labor Union created three years earlier. Unlike the NLU, the CNLU welcomed members of all races. Isaac Myers was the CNLU's founding president (in 1872, Frederick Douglass became president) - 1869
The Washington Monument is completed in Washington, D.C. On the interior of the monument are 193 commemorative stones, donated by numerous governments and organizations from all over the world; one of them is from the Int’l Typographical Union, founded in 1852. In 1986 the ITU merged into the Communications Workers of America - 1884
A total of 361 coal miners die at Monongah, W.Va., in nation's worst mining disaster - 1907
United Mine Workers begin what is to become a 110-day national coal strike - 1997
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