The Labor World Newspaper, Inc.
Labor World NewspaperThe Labor World Newspaper is one of the oldest labor papers in the United States. It is the oldest of the three AFL-CIO Central Labor Council publications that remain in Minnesota. It was first published on April 11, 1896 in Duluth, Minnesota by its founder, owner and editor, Sabrie Akin, a 29-year old single mother. She said her paper "will pat no one on the back to gain patronage or support. The labor question will be handled without gloves by the LABOR WORLD, and if need be with knife in hand." She died unexpectedly Jan. 23, 1900. William McEwen, a member of Plumbers Local 11 and a statewide labor figure who was known as the "father of workman's compensation" in Minnesota, bought the Labor World from probate court. When he died in 1933 the paper was purchased by the Federated Trades Assembly, forerunner of the Duluth AFL-CIO Central Labor Body. The paper is owned by local unions affiliated with the Central Labor Body, which are the shareholders. It is published 21 times a year and has 17,000 subscribers (April 2013). The Labor World is incorporated in the State of Minnesota. It has a Board of Directors that acts independently of the Central Labor Body, although Board members must be members of unions affiliated with the Central Body.