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THIS WEEK IN LABOR HISTORY - November 28


William Sylvis, founder of the National Labor Union, born - 1828
 
National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, precursor to IBEW, founded - 1891
 
A total of 154 men die in a coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pa.  Engineer and General Superintendent A.C. Beeson tells the local newspaper he had been in the mine a few minutes before the blast and had found it to be in perfect condition - 1908
 
Some 400 New York City photoengravers working for the city’s newspapers, supported by 20,000 other newspaper unionists, begin what is to become an 11-day strike, shutting down the papers - 1953