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Congress OKs the Contract Labor Law, designed to clamp down on "business agents" who contracted abroad for immigrant labor. One of the reasons 19th-century unions supported the measure: employers were exploiting foreign workers to fight against the growing U.S. labor movement, primarily by deploying immigrant labor to break strikes - 1885
Bethlehem Steel workers strike for union recognition, Bethlehem, Pa. - 1941
A coal slag heap doubling as a dam in West Virginia’s Buffalo Creek Valley collapsed, flooding the 17-mile long valley. 118 died, 5,000 were left homeless. The Pittston Coal Co. said it was "an act of God" - 1972
A 20-week strike by 70,000 Southern California supermarket workers ends, with both sides claiming victory - 2004
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