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(Updated) Patrick S. O’Donnell, The World of Work and Labor Law: A Bibliography

by on September 8, 2015

Patrick S. O’Donnell has updated his monumental bibliography on the labor movement to account for the year 2015. “This bibliography,” writes the author, “contains a number of titles dealing with “workers,” the “world of work” generally, and “labor law” in particular, so as to account for some of the more compelling reasons we should assiduously attend to the complex economic and moral questions (the former often including some of the latter) regarding the labor, working conditions, and leisure time of working people.”

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A Century of Teacher Organizing: What Can We Learn?

by on October 30, 2014

The history of teacher unionism is rich and vibrant, filled with numerous triumphs, tensions, and setbacks. For over a century, most education employees have been part of a public sector workforce that has been constrained by legal frameworks that assume that they are not entitled to the same rights as private sector workers.

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The Courts vs. Teacher Unionism

by on May 23, 2014

Teachers unions have faced some of the most challenging legal strictures in U.S. history. Before public collective bargaining employment laws, teachers effectively were told they had no right to organize by a judicial system that used a variety of constructions of the law to invalidate the citizen’s right to free speech and assembly in the workplace.

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Call for Professors to Boycott Teach for America

by on May 20, 2014

Should Labor Historians Encourage A Boycott of Teach for America? Please comment.

In the last few years, Teach for America has gone out of its way to send its Corps members into cities which have fired large numbers of veteran union teachers-among them Chicago, Newark and Washington DC.

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