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Labor 9.4 (Winter, 2012)

by on January 20, 2013

In This Issue

The Common Verse

  • Jeanne Bryner, “Silence Gives Consent


  • Cecilia Bucki, “LAWCHA/OAH Meeting in Milwaukee: Looking Ahead

Contemporary Affairs

  • Nancy MacLean, “Community Partnerships: Hope for an Embattled Labor Movement? A Conversation with Andrea van den Heever

    Contributing editor Nancy MacLean sits down with the remarkable union organizer Andrea van den Heever.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.

“Civil Rights Plus Full Employment Equals Freedom”: Marking the Fiftieth Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington

by on January 19, 2013

On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 people converged at the Lincoln Memorial in a March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The assembly occurred in a period of heightened black freedom struggle that was most ferocious in the Deep South but also relentless across the Upper and Border South, Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast.

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Report on Lansing: anti-RTW Protest 12-11-12

by on December 13, 2012

On December 11 around 13,000 trade unionists and their allies gathered outside the capitol building in Lansing, Michigan to protest anti-union “right-to-work” legislation. In spite of the anger and militancy of the protest the legislation was passed and signed into law that day making Michigan the twenty-fourth “right-to-work” state.

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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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