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NCL calling for increased mine safety

NCL is calling on the federal government to protect minersIn light of the latest mine tragedy in West Virginia, NCL is calling on the Mine Safety and Health Administration to improve mine safety in order to protect the lives of workers.

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Shared history: NCL and working families

Did you know NCL began as an organization of women devoted to workers’ rights?

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100th anniversary of landmark Supreme Court labor case

In 1908, NCL’s Florence Kelley and Josephine Goldmark mobilized and aided then-lawyer Louis Brandeis, arguing before the Supreme Court in defense of a state’s right to restrict a woman’s working hours. The case spawned the iconic “Brandeis Brief,” the first of the influential legal arguments based in societal evidence. Brandeis was triumphant; after Muller, states were permitted to regulate work hours, and future Brandeis Briefs would continue to change the course of American legal and social history.

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