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Fort Worth Labor News


The Labor News began in 1944 as Plane Facts, the official newspaper of the International Association of Machinists, District Lodge 776. The union sought to publicize social and political issues, both local and national, concerning the labor movement. Plane Facts became Plain Facts shortly before Willard Barr purchased the newspaper from S. F. Gauthier in 1946. Barr then changed the name to the Labor News to reflect its focus on all union organizations and pledged “to print all pertinent news possible about the labor movement in Fort Worth” (May 10, 1946). As interest and participation in Fort Worth’s labor movement waned, the paper ceased publication in May 1975. (Fort Worth Library’s collection dates from January 14, 1944 to December 25, 1972.)

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Last updated: Aug. 18, 2014