posts categorized asLabor History

Labor History Today: January 14-20, 2018

by on January 25, 2018

This week’s labor history: Dr. Martin Luther King and organized labor; John F. Kennedy guarantees federal workers the right to join unions; how Johnny Paycheck’s “Take This Job and Shove It” and Bruce Springsteen’s “My Hometown” frame a turbulent era for American workers.

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Hope in the Heartland: The Struggle for Public-Sector Collective Bargaining in Iowa

by , on November 15, 2017

In November 2016, Iowa Republicans erased a slim Democratic majority in that state’s Senate, giving the party “trifecta” control of both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office. The moment the gavel struck to start the new legislative session in January 2017, they were ready with a raft of anti-worker bills, the centerpiece of which was House File 291, signed by Iowa’s then Republican governor (now Trump’s ambassador to China) Terry Branstad.

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