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Right to Work a Man to Death

by on December 8, 2012

In 1958, an Indianapolis woman named Patricia Bolen wrote a letter to the Indianapolis Star about how Indiana’s right-to-work law affected her husband:

“I pooh-poohed when the right-to-work was first called a mankiller. But it is. The man I love is being killed by it.

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The 47 Percent, Reconsidered

by on December 1, 2012

No, this isn’t another commentary on Mitt Romney’s denunciations of the so-called “47 percent” of Americans who, according to him, freeload off the government.  Suffice it to say that his remarks – which he shared at a private campaign fundraiser and reiterated during a post-election conference call with top donors – exposed his class politics and those of mainstream American conservatism. 

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Brandworkers Fanning the Flames, Wobbly-Style

by on November 24, 2012

Often, academics research and teach about problems that need fixing without engaging with activists on the proverbial front lines.  Often, younger activists remain unaware that previous generations have fought similar struggles.  So it was with great pleasure last week that I went to a small office in a corner of Queens rarely visited by New Yorkers, let alone tourists, to speak to dozens of workers.

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Remembering Al Young, by Leon Fink & Jesse Lemisch

by on November 16, 2012

Alfred F. Young, a pioneer of the “new labor history,” noted social historian of the early American nation, and a founding editor of Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, died on November 6, 2012 at age 87. Many know him from his passionate and original investigation of the lives of working people,

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Labor, Environmentalism, and Climate Change

by on November 15, 2012

Driving across western Pennsylvania recently, I was struck by the number of yard signs decrying President Obama’s “War on Coal.” The Appalachian coal country has swung hard to the right in recent years; whereas not long ago West Virginia was a reliably Democratic state, last week Mitt Romney carried it with 62% of the vote.

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Labor 9.3 (Fall, 2012)

by on November 12, 2012

In This Issue

The Common Verse

  • Adam Matcho, “Why I Deserve a Raise

LAWCHA Watch

  • Shelton Stromquist, “‘Occupying’ Public Space and the Fight for Historical Memory

Contemporary Affairs

  • Jennifer Luff, “Introduction
  • Paul Adler, James Ploeser, Vasudha Desikan, Heather Booth, and Dorian Warren, “Learning from Occupy: A DC Roundtable

    This issue’s Contemporary Affairs section is a roundtable discussion of the Occupy Wall Street movement, held in Washington, DC, in December 2011.

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Haymarket on Trial: Timothy Messer-Kruse’s The Trial of Haymarket Activists

by on November 12, 2012

As a regular feature of this blog, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas will be opening public access and dialogue about one article in its current issue. Given that November 11 (1887) was known as “Black Friday” across the globe because four Chicago anarchist labor activists were hung by the state on that date, it is supremely fitting that we feature the current Labor roundtable on Timothy Messer Kruse’s book The Trial of the Haymarket Anarchists: Terrorism and Justice in the Gilded Age.

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Claiming a Working-Class Mandate

by on November 12, 2012

The U.S. voting public faced a stark decision on November 6, 2012.  On the one hand, they weighed the benefits of a program of tax cuts for the 1%, social welfare spending cuts for the broad majority, a disingenuous obsession with deficits, racial and cultural demagoguery, and a pandering to the interests of corporate and finance capital. 

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