posts from the year2021

Jacob Zumoff on The Red Thread; the Passaic Textile Strike

by on September 23, 2021

Welcome to Labor Online’s first on-screen interview with an author of a recently published book. We’ll be  continuing to do author interviews in written form, but we’ll be experimenting with short introductions through these interviews. Today we welcome Jacob Zumoff, history professor at New Jersey City University, and author of the new book, The Red Thread: The Passaic Textile Strike.

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Forum on John French’s Lula and His Politics of Cunning

by on September 6, 2021

Labor Online is pleased to present the entire forum on John French’s new book,  Lula and His Politics of Cunning:From Metalworker to President of Brazil recently published in Labor: Studies in Working Class History.

The forum includes essays by Adrián Lerner Patrón, Alejandro Velasco, Antonio Luigi Negro, Alex Lichtenstein, and Brodwyn Fischer,  with a response by John French, all offered free until the end of November, courtesy of Duke University Press.

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Richard L. Trumka (1949 – 2021)

by on August 29, 2021

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President, died on August 5, 2021 at the age of 72 after a lifetime of service dedicated to America’s working families.  He worked to guide the labor movement amidst rapid changes with his signature emphasis on capital stewardship, organizing rights, global solidarity, and working-class political power. 

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Teaching Labor’s Story: Writing Workshop

by on May 17, 2021

Teaching Labor’s Story: Writing Workshop

Saturday, May 22

Session B: 10:45 – 12 PST/12:45-2 CST/1:45-3 EST

Are you committed to bringing labor and working class history into the mainstream ?

Are you looking for a worthwhile peer-reviewed publication opportunity?

Are you interested in building connections with labor scholars?

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The Legacy of Bessemer: The Amazon Campaign is a Gift to the Labor Movement

by on April 23, 2021

RWDSU Critics Have Misrepresented the Facts and Missed the Point

Ever since the RWDSU’s election lost to Amazon in the most-watched union campaign in decades, we have heard from celebrity-seeking “organizing experts,” most of whom weren’t in Alabama, didn’t speak to anyone involved in the RWDSU campaign, yet know exactly what the union organizers did wrong and what they should have done in order to be successful.

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Postmortem on Bessemer Amazon Defeat

by on April 13, 2021

First, we must recognize that the overwhelming vote against the union in Bessemer marks a decisive defeat, not to be under estimated.  It will undoubtedly have a dampening effect on other workers, especially given its broad media attention, and the high expectations of many.

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How Amazon’s Anti-Union Consultants Are Trying to Crush the Labor Movement

by on March 22, 2021

Workers at Amazon’s distribution center in Bessemer, Alabama are voting in a historic union election — whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). This is a mail-in NLRB ballot that will end on March 29. Last month, we discovered that, starting in January, Amazon had hired two prominent anti-union consultants, Russell Brown and Melissa Smith of Florida-based Road Warrior Productions (RWP), to assist with its campaign against the RWDSU.

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