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Chinese railroad workers from 1800s to be inducted into Labor Hall of Fame

(Source: Progressive Railroading, May 8, 2014)

On May 9, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will formally induct into the Labor Hall of Honor about 12,000 Chinese immigrant laborers who worked on the Central Pacific Railroad between 1865 and 1869.

The workers are the first Asian-Americans to receive the tribute since the hall was established in 1988. Their efforts helped connect the United States from east to west, laying the foundation for "the extraordinary economic prosperity enjoyed by the nation in the years that followed," U.S. Labor Department officials said in a press release.

Full story: Progressive Railroading

Friday, May 09, 2014

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