posts categorized asActivism

LGBT Advocacy and the AFL-CIO

by on June 27, 2016

June is Pride Month in the U.S. Pride, this year, marks the 47th anniversary of Stonewall, and the first year since Obergefell v. Hodges. Pride at Work, the AFL-CIO LGBT constituency group, and its members have been fighting for LGBT equality since before the organization was founded in 1994.

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Radical Leisure

by on June 9, 2016

Connections, both real and hoped for, between the labor movement and environmentalists have been news for at least fifteen years now. The possibility of such a connection came into wider view at the Seattle World Trade Organization protests in 1999, when alliances between trade unionists and other protest groups made headlines with catchy phrases like “Teamsters for Turtles”—or, more prosaically, the “blue-green alliance,” in reference to blue-collar workers joining with green ecological activists.

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OAH Issues Statement on Collective Bargaining and Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Faculty

by on January 3, 2016

At its November 2015 Executive Board meeting, the Organization of American Historians (OAH), passed a resolution endorsing “the principle that collective bargaining can be, and in many instances has proven to be, an important tool that historians might deploy to secure fair working conditions for contingent faculty members, as well as to support good teaching, study and practice of American history, and provide first-rate history education for students.”

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(Wisconsin) Rallies Planned to Fight ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

by on February 23, 2015

12:00 p.m. Tuesday February 24 and 12:00 p.m. Wednesday February 25, State Street Side of the Capitol. The Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform will be holding a hearing Tuesday, February 24, to hear comments on the proposed law. Interested persons may contact legislators about the proposed law by calling the legislative hotline is: 1-800-362-9472.

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Help Send Undocumented Student Leaders to Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Conference

by on June 25, 2014

LAWCHA member Bethany Moreton asks all who are able to please donate to Freedom University’s effort to send its students to the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, held in Jackson, Mississippi. Freedom University students desperately want to attend this conference so that they can continue their movement education and come back to Georgia with new skills and renewed energy to continue their fight for immigrant rights in the South.

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LRAN Website and Email List Redesign

by on April 25, 2014

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce newly redesigned website and listserve for the Labor Research and Action Network, available at We have been working with the Infrastructure Committee, Workplace Fairness and their vendor Endurtech ™ over the last several months to develop the new design for the website and improved listserve.

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Donations Needed to Restore the Mother Jones Monument

by on January 19, 2014

I often hear from trade unionists who stop at Mother Jones’ gravesite and monument in Mount Olive, Ill., (just off Highway 55, about an hour north of St. Louis) and are moved by the experience. For example, during the struggle of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union against Hostess Brands in late 2012, someone left a Twinkie on Mother Jones’ grave with a note, “Mother Jones, we need you now!”

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