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Throwback Thursday Labor History: The Avondale Mine Disaster

Originally posted on ExplorePAHistory.com One hundred and ten of brave men were smothered underground;They’re in their graves ’til the last day, their widows may bewailAnd the orphans’ cries, they rend the skies, all ’round through Avondale.                                       – lyrics from “The Mines of Avondale” In the 1800s, the American industrial revolution was fueled by coal, and northeastern Pennsylvania had the largest anthracite (hard coal) deposits in the Western Hemisphere. Read More

USW’s Historic Leadership Change and the Soul of the Union Man

Today, the labor movement witnessed an historic leadership change at the United Steelworkers union. Brother Tom Conway, was installed as the new International President upon the retirement of International President Leo Gerard, who served as President since 2005. “Our union’s leadership underwent historic change today, but our core values remain the same,” said Conway, according to a USW press release. Read More