In Honor of Labor Day, 10 Most Influential Women Union Heroes in History

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Hattie Canty

What happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas, and thank goodness for that: Hattie Canty was a labor activist in Las Vegas who led a 75-day strike of casino workers determined to achieve better conditions and health insurance benefits through the Las Vegas Hotel and Culinary Workers Union Local 226. She became president of the union in 1990 and led several more strikes, including a 1991 strike of 550 workers New Frontier Hotel and Gambling Hall that was the longest ever, clocking in at six and a half years.

Canty also led efforts to increase training and education for workers, as well as for fair and living wages, as well as encouraging people of color to seek socioeconomic advancement and workplace equality.

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