Luisa Moreno: Guatemalan Immigrant, Civil Rights Activist and Labor Leader

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor the Latino unionists who have been monumental figures in progressing workers’ rights. Among them was Luisa Moreno, a Guatemalan-born organizer and activist who would later become one of the most impactful labor leaders of the 20th century. Luisa Moreno was born on August 30, 1906 in Guatemala […]

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Women’s History Month: 1911 Triangle fire survivor recalls the tragedy in her own words

On March 25, 1911, one of the deadliest disasters in New York’s history unfolded over the span of 15 tragic minutes as fire tore through the Triangle shirtwaist factory. One hundred forty-six people, mostly young women and girls, and many of them recent immigrants, died in the fire, unable to escape through the doors that […]

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Honoring Labor Leader Women on International Women’s Day in San Francisco

This week, to celebrate International Women’s Day, the City and County of San Francisco honored three incredible labor leaders. Never in my time at the Labor Council have this many labor leaders been honored on one day. But it was the three women whose dedication to the Labor Movement made this day even more historic.

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A Day Without A Woman: A Chance to Change the World

International Women’s Day (IWD) has deep roots in Labor history.  The organizers of the very first IWD in 1908 gathered to honor a protest of women garment workers 50 years prior. More than a hundred years ago, our grandmothers and great-grandmothers recognized that women’s rights are worker’s rights. They knew that when women succeed, so does the world.

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