Beginning with this essay, we initiate a series on essays that are appearing in the journal Labor. This one is the backstory to how Francis Ryan, an expert on public sector labor, came to write his new essay in issue 19:2: “You’ll Never Walk Alone”: School Crossing Guard Associations and Labor Feminism in the Postwar United States .Read more →
posts and bio Francis Ryan
Francis Ryan is director of the Master's in Labor and Employment Relations (MLER) Program at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is the author of AFSCME's Philadelphia Story: Municipal Workers and Urban Power in the Twentieth Century (Temple University Press, 2011) and editor of The Memoirs of Wendell W. Young III: A Life in Philadelphia Labor and Politics (Temple University 2019). He received the Pennsylvania Labor History Society's John C. Brennan Award for Labor Education in 2022.