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Vol. 74/No. 29      August 2, 2010

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August 2, 1985
PITTSBURGH—On July 21, 8,200 workers at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp. rejected a company plan to cut wages and benefits by 18 percent. Workers walked out at eight plants in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Members of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) took to the picket line in a fight to save their union and their jobs.

Wheeling Pittsburgh, the seventh largest and most modern steel producer in the United States, filed bankruptcy in April, citing labor costs as the primary reason. The real intentions of the bosses became clear this month when the company appealed to federal bankruptcy Judge Warren Bentz for permission to tear up the union contract.  
August 1, 1960
LOS ANGELES, July 10—Close to 5,000 people marched today in the NAACP-sponsored plea to the Democratic convention for action on civil rights.

The march proceeded from the Shrine Auditorium to the Sports Arena, site of the Democratic convention, where Rev. Martin Luther King led a rally and a 24-hour vigil of youth picketers was set up.

Large groups of white and Negro students from local and West Coast colleges ranging from San Bernardino College in Southern California to Reed College in Oregon participated. Many had previously demonstrated against the Chessman execution, supported the Southern sit-ins, and engaged in actions against the House Un-American Committee.  
August 10, 1935
ST. LOUIS, Mo.—What promises to be the most sensational strike of the year for the Middle West is the action of the brutally exploited “tiff” miners of Washington Co., Missouri, which has just begun.

“Tiff” is the colloquial appellation given to a mineral, the trade name of which is barytes. It is used extensively in the manufacture of paint and other lead products.

The strike is a protest against wage and living conditions always low but which with the recent rise in prices of foodstuffs are no longer tolerable.

These grim, determined men of the Ozarks are fighting not merely for an increased standard of living; they are fighting for life itself.  
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