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Labor's story is an untold epic of Workers’ banding together, often in secret, to organize themselves for better conditions. Workers’ have faced police clubs, bayonets and laws against their efforts. Yet they knew their survival depended upon workplace solidarity, with Laborers’ supporting each other to improve themselves and win their rights. In this section you will find an in-depth history of the Laborers International Union of North America, written in 2003 for the Union's Centennial, plus a set of links to labor history related websites and resources.

Hard Work & Determined Spirits –
The history of the Laborers International Union of North America – 1903-2003

“A shovel, a pick, a hod cold steel and timber that warm, sweating human hands bring to life.”

As the North American economy unfolded, bridging rivers, laying track, pouring roads and building structures, workers answered the call with their ready wits, strong backs and determined attitudes.

The Laborer dug the early canals and laid early rail lines, insuring a sound economic structure.

But who will protect the Laborer? Who will speak for the immigrants and slaves whose hard labor developed the nation?

Building the Laborers International Union of North America was a century-long effort, a unique union that opened its doors to every worker, from the native to the foreign-born, regardless of race, color, creed or gender. The Laborers took on the daunting task of organizing the unorganized, the lowest rung on the labor scale, building an effective union that guaranteed justice and honor though united strength. Continue reading the history of LIUNA.

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