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June 28, 1896 – 58 die in the Newton Coal Company's Twin Shaft Mine in Pittston City, PA explosion

At 3 o'clock in the morning on Sunday, June 28, 1896, ninety miners were at work in the Red Ash Vein of the Newton Coal Company's Twin Shaft Mine in Pittston when the roof quickly caved in. It was believed at the time that all of the men perished.

The concussion from the explosion was so great that it was heard for miles around. The foundation of nearly every building in Pittston was shaken and windows and doors were rattled as in a tornado. In the houses nearer to the mine, persons were thrown from their beds, thinking an earthquake had occurred. Immediately after the boom, the dreaded colliery whistle and town fire alarms sounded. Families ran to the mine works. Newspapers reported "havoc everywhere," from grief-stricken wives to frantic efforts at impenetrable tunnels of collapsed top rock and crushed timbers.

Two rescue tunnels were attempted, though volunteers sometimes removed only 20 feet (6.1 m) feet a day. Hope faded for the victims of the disaster, most of whom were Irish and Lithuanian immigrants. Their names were compiled later because the list of those working was underground too.

There were 58 men and boys who died during the terrible cave-in, buried 434 feet (132 m) below ground. In their wake, they left 31 widows and 101 orphans. None of their bodies were ever recovered. It was one of the largest coal mining disasters in Pennsylvania history (even larger than the Knox Mine Disaster many decades later in nearby Port Griffith).


June 28, 1894 – Labor Day becomes an official US holiday.

In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York.[1] Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882,[2] after witnessing the annual labour festival held in Toronto, Canada.[3]

Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.[2] Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday;
President Grover Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[4] The September date originally chosen by the CLU of New York and observed by many of the nation's trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers' Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would be associated with the nascent Communist, Syndicalist and Anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in International Workers' Day.[5] All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday.


D.C. Council Passes Living Wage Bill on First Vote

The D.C. Council on Wednesday gave its initial approval to a bill that would raise the minimum wage of workers at large retaile stores from the ordinary District minimum of $8.25 an hour to $12.50. The Large Retailer Accountability Act passed on an 8-5 vote after a nearly hour-long debate.

The bill has the strong backing of the city's labor unions and economic advocacy organizations, and was met with stiff, though not insurmountable, opposition from business groups and retail companies. In particular, the bill has been seen a jab at Wal-Mart Inc., which is in the process of opening six stores in D.C. over the next few years.

"The District government has an obligation not just to encourage the development and growth of jobs, but to encourage the development and growth of quality jobs," D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said before the vote, according to Housing Complex. Joining Mendelson in supporting the bill were Vincent Orange (D-At Large), Anita Bonds (D-At Large), David Grosso (I-At Large), Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Kenyan MacDuffie (D-Ward 5), and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8).

A few of the Council members who opposed the bill—Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7)—represent parts of D.C. where Walmart locations are set to open in the coming years. Bowser and Wells are also candidates in next year's mayoral election, and their opposition was not lost on their fellow mayoral candidate, Evans.


The Digital Skeptic: You Could Have a 110 MPG Vehicle Right Now

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Doug Pelmear may have patented the final auto-industry solution -- a working, 400-horsepower, big-block V8 engine that really does get 110 miles per gallon.

But he's running on fumes.

"I have seen a lot of things. Was it ugly? Yeah," he told me over the phone last week. "But you learn to see what you have. And you don't cry about what you don't have."

This sober Pelmear is a faint echo of the sparkplug of an entrepreneur I met three years back. The then-successful Napoleon, Ohio, speedshop owner had combined a 19th century engine technology called the Stirling with rotating-fire cylinders and in-piston magnets to dynamically alter the horsepower and fuel consumption of traditional V-block motors.


How Bosses Are Ruining Family Vacations

Vacations are supposed to be a time for workers to unwind and unplug from the daily routine, just don’t tell that to your boss. New research has found that more and more bosses are expecting their employees to work while on vacation.

Overall, 54 percent of workers say their boss expects them to work while on vacation.

That trend has some serious consequences for workers. Namely, it is affecting the health and personal lives of employees. Workers who are not able to relax while on vacation risk suffering burnout, not to mention problems at home.


"It seems employees are actually working harder when they're on vacation than when they're in the office," Campbell said. "This means both employers and employees end up paying the price of working vacations, and it doesn't have to be this way. It shouldn't be this way. Either we manage our technology or it manages us."


Kroger Makes Progress Towards Zero Waste

CINCINNATI — Kroger here committed to moving retail locations toward "zero waste" and sourcing 100% certified sustainable palm oil as it published its seventh annual sustainability report.

Kroger said it is moving toward the Environmental Protection Agency’s zero waste threshold of 90% in all Kroger retail locations. To get there, Kroger will increase the diversion rate to 65% for all stores by the end of 2013, and to 70% by the end of 2015. Today, the company diverts 58% of waste.

Read More: http://supermarketnews.com/kroger-co/kroger-makes-progress-towards-zero-waste#ixzz2XPnDG6Bi

Ellisville city council approves new Walmart but Mayor Paul plans to fight

(KMOV) – On Tuesday, Ellisville City Council gave the final approval to the tax break plan which would bring a new Walmart to the area although the mayor was not happy.

The mayor vowed to fight the Walmart until the doors opened after the close 4-3 vote approved the $11 million in tax breaks to build the super center.

The attorney for Sansone Developers faced the council and laid out the consequences if they didn’t issue the tax break money for the Walmart development right across Manchester Road from City Hall.

“Anytime someone is leveling substantial individual lawsuits and you’re an elected official, that doesn’t pass the smell test for me,” Paul added.


Here's a Bright Idea: Let's Expand Social Security

In a Progressive Leaders Forum Town Hall meeting that will air Wednesday on SiriusXM 127's "The Agenda" radio show, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) joined Nancy Altman of Social Security Works, Edward Coyle of the Alliance for Retired Americans and host Ari Rabin-Havt to discuss the future of Social Security, including Harkin's proposed legislation that would expand Social Security benefits. The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013 (S. 567) would raise the monthly Social Security benefit by about $65 and would measure inflation not with the chained CPI (a benefit cut), but using a more accurate measure of inflation for seniors (the CPI-E). The CPI-E would increase COLAs. The bill also would eliminate the Social Security tax cap so the wealthiest people would pay the same rate the rest of us pay. Under this bill, Social Security would be able to pay out full benefits to the year 2049.

Social Security should not be part of any deficit reduction debate, says Harkin. But Republicans are injecting Social Security into those debates because they want to cut the program—even though Social Security adds nothing to the deficit.

Nothing contributes more to keeping the middle class out of poverty than Social Security, Harkin says. The real solution to strengthen Social Security funding for the long term is to make sure the wealthy pay their fair share. The future projected Social Security shortfall is very manageable, Altman says, but an enormous amount of money is being spent in an effort to privatize the program so Wall Street bankers can profit from seniors' retirement funds.


Man About To Drown Refuses Help To Keep Rescuer Safe

UNION, MO (KTVI) – He was in trouble on the Bourbeuse River Tuesday afternoon. When his 18-year-old friend extended a hand to save him, the man struggling to stay above water refused to hold on.

Apparently the man who was struggling to stay above water feared he would pull his friend in as well.

Jim Strube is the father of that 18-year-old who tried to rescue the man in his 30`s. Strube says the man wondered into water that was too deep.

“My son saw him going under and then spring boarding off the bottom, coming back up and trying to gasp a breath of air,” said Strube.


Food Waste Diversion 'Significant Challenge' for Retailers

Food waste at the retail level tends to consist of finished products that may be suitable for donation, but numerous locations and diverse product offerings make food waste diversion a significant logistical challenge for many retailers. That's one of the main conclusions from the industry's first-ever analysis of food waste data collected directly from food manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers.

The study was conducted by consulting firm BSR and commissioned by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA), a cross-sector industry initiative led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the National Restaurant Association (NRA).

“The findings uncovered by BSR are encouraging, but it’s clear we can and must do better when it comes to reducing food waste,” said Michael Hewett, director of environmental and sustainability programs, Publix Super Markets Inc. and co-chair of the FWRA. “It’s important to find more ways to keep food and food waste out of landfills, identify the challenges that prevent us from doing so, and develop responsible policies to assist in these efforts.”

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