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Does the History of Labor Struggles Really Mandate a Vote for Joe Biden?

In this essay, Ahmed White argues that the recent profiling of the GM Strike of 1936-1937 as a model for the potential of a labor-Democratic Party-Joe Biden alliance is simplistic and misses the dire negative consequences of that alliance.

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Front-line workers in the covid-19 fight need unions

by William Jones  on April 23rd, 2020

New Deal-era labor laws must be refreshed and improved to support and empower today’s essential workers.

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When the Home Is a Workplace

by Eileen Boris  on April 17th, 2020
In California, new legislation would expand the rules of the Occupational Health and Safety Act to cover all workers—if domestic workers and their allies have their way. Read more →


by Jacob Remes  on March 18th, 2019
LAWCHA is pleased to have solicited and endorsed several panels at the 2019 OAH Conference in Philadelphia. We hope to see you there. Read more →

Sleeping Giant: When Public Workers Awake

by Leon Fink  on February 6th, 2019
It was the radical African-American intellectual, W.E.B. Du Bois, who famously called the mass disaffection and migration of southern slaves to Union battle lines in the Civil War a “general strike.” Read more →

Class Prejudice and the Democrats’ Blue Wave?

by Jack Metzgar  on November 30th, 2018
Two days after the mid-term elections, The Washington Post published an analysis under the headline “These wealthy neighborhoods delivered Democrats the House majority.” Read more →

Boris Roundtable The Author Responds

Eileen Boris , March 12th, 2020

A real pleasure of academic exchange is to engage with readers who “get” one’s book. In their distinct ways, Chaumtoli Huq, Sarah Lyons, Katherine Turk, and Naomi Williams underscore the interpretative thrust behind the narrative arc of Making the Woman Worker, which uses the International Labour Organization (ILO) as its… Read more →

Boris Roundtable Building Bridges from Shared Experiences: Learning from Maria Mies and India’s Lace Makers’ Study

Sara Lyons , March 11th, 2020

As a union researcher who uses participatory research methods, I was particularly interested in the chapter that discussed Maria Mies’s study of lace makers in India. Mies recruited women who were familiar with the region and the dialect to be part of her research team. I gather that these women… Read more →

Boris Roundtable Realizing the Global Labor Rights of Domestic and Rural Women Workers: Fight for Global Standards Must Continue at the Grassroots Level

Chaumtoli Huq , March 10th, 2020

Eileen Boris’ meticulously researched and detailed book, Making the Woman Worker: Precarious Labor and the Fight for Global Standards, 1919-2019, reveals some enduring challenges for women globally to actualize their full labor rights.  There are three themes in the book that resonate for me as someone who works on transnational… Read more →

Boris Roundtable From Othering to Inclusion

Naomi R Williams , March 9th, 2020

Eileen Boris details the history of how the International Labor Organization (ILO) moved from positioning the male industrial worker in imperial centers to acknowledging the feminization of labor and promoting gender mainstreaming in Making the Woman Worker. She illustrates the ways that “othering” women workers led to treating women as… Read more →


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LAWCHA 2019 Contingent Faculty, Independent Scholars, and LAWCHA

Tula Connell, September 5th, 2019

Tula Connell, chair of LAWCHA’s Independent Scholars Committee and Claire Goldstene, chair of the Contingent Faculty Committee organized a Saturday lunch plenary at the June 2019 LAWCHA meeting in Durham.  The well-attended and highly participatory session offered an opportunity to make more visible the experiences of independent and contingent faculty… Read more →