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August 21, 1831
Slave revolt led by Nat Turner begins in Southampton County, Virginia. The rebellion was quashed within two days. In the aftermath of the revolt, officials tried forty-eight black men and women on charges of conspiracy, insurrection, and treason. In total, the state executed 56 people, banished many more, and acquitted 15. The state reimbursed the slaveholders for the slaves who were convicted and executed. But in the hysterical climate that followed the rebellion, close to 120 black people were killed by the militia and white mobs.

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New contracts ratified at Entenmann’s/Stroehmann, others
August 3, 2018 | Local 570 successfully negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement that will cover workers employed at Bimbo Bakeries (BBU), formerly Entenmann’s and Stroehmann. The parent company merged its bread and cake operations where Local 57o held two separate contracts… Continued

Hoffa: Teamsters support Spain’s striking Amazon workers
July 18, 2018 | In a letter expressing solidarity to striking Amazon workers at the San Fernando de Henares logistics center, General President wrote in part, “The growth of Amazon is impacting so many of the industries in which Teamsters work and is changing the way people work and life across the globe.” Thousands of Amazon workers in Spain and Germany struck for during a three-day period, July 16 - 18, and workers in Poland staged a work-to-rule during Amazon’s Prime Day promotion. The workers are demanding labor contracts that guarantee healthy working conditions at fulfillment centers, according to nbcnews.com

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