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Vol. 74/No. 49      December 27, 2010

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December 27, 1985
President Ronald Reagan has launched what administration officials called a concerted effort to resume direct military funding to the U.S.-organized counterrevolutionary (contra) army fighting against Nicaragua.

This is part of the Reagan administration’s escalation in recent weeks of the U.S.-organized war against Nicaragua.

As a cover for this terrorist war, Washington has embarked upon a new slander campaign, centered on the charge of Cuban domination of Nicaragua. The U.S. government has made new threats against revolutionary Cuba as well.

The Reagan administration hopes that war weariness will create conditions that could lead to an internal revolt against the Sandinista government, opening the door to a possible direct U.S. invasion.  
December 26, 1960
Dec. 22—It is estimated that the rate of steel production next week will be at 40 percent of capacity or lower. Next week’s rate, says the Dec. 20 New York Times, “may be the lowest for a nonstrike period since the depression days of the Nineteen Thirties.”

The slump in steel and auto is reflected in the rise of unemployment and part-time employment. Unemployment is now nearing the five-million mark.

Some time ago the United Steelworkers union published figures showing that the industry can operate at 40 percent capacity and still make a profit. Technological advances in the process of steel making have sharply increased productivity. Today more than half the force is partially employed or totally unemployed.  
December 28, 1935
DETROIT, Dec. 22—About 100 delegates from Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, Defiance, Pontiac, Chicago and other cities, representing the three independent unions: the Mechanics Educational Society of America, the Associated Automobile Workers of America and locals of the Automobile Industrial Workers Association came together Saturday night for a “constitutional convention” at the Fort Wayne Hotel here to amalgamate into one independent union.

After a day and a half of deliberation, a constitution and preamble were adopted, stating that the final objectives of the new union were “the complete industrial and political freedom of all workers and to this end we dedicate our lives.”  
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