Labor Review Centennial, 1907-2007
Message from John Sweeney, AFL-CIO president, to the Minneapolis Labor Review
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, May 24, 2007
A cigar packer named Edna George got it right. A century ago, when she won the contest to name the Minneapolis Labor Review and received a prize of $10 in gold, she wrote that she hoped the Labor Review would “become a fearless, honest, outspoken advocate of the working men and women.” Her dream has come true many times over.
Since the publication’s founding in 1907, the Labor Review has reported the advances and setbacks — the organizing drives, strikes, contract struggles, political campaigns, and demonstrations — that have been part of the vast drama of building a great, progressive union city. Over the years, literally hundreds of thousands of working women and men in Minneapolis have come to trust the Labor Review as a voice they can count on.
Today, under the leadership of Steve Share, one of the best labor editors of our generation, the Labor Review is spreading the word about candidates who are on our side —like Representative Keith Ellison — and about the issues that are crucial to working people’s lives, such as the Employee Free Choice Act that would restore workers’ freedom to organize into unions. The Labor Review is simply indispensable.
On behalf of the entire AFL-CIO, I want to thank everyone who is part of this wonderful newspaper for all it has achieved in its first century — and for all it will continue to achieve in its next century.
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