César Chávez Postdoctoral Fellowships

by Ryan Poe  on May 2nd,2019
Dartmouth College invites applications for the César Chávez Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship supports scholars whose research addresses aspects of Latinx experience and culture. Particular attention will be given to candidates whose work augments and complements current faculty in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (LALACS). Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement, promise in both research and teaching, and their demonstrated commitment to educational diversity. Applications from candidates who are underrepresented in their fields are especially welcome. Read more →

International Workshop: “Formalisation, Informalisation and the Labour Process: Comparative Perspectives”, Göttingen, 20-22 November

by Ryan Poe  on May 2nd,2019
Since the 1970s, a rich and growing academic literature has focused on the formation of divisions between the “formal” and “informal” sectors in industrial economies across the world at different scales of operation. There is a general consensus that, beginning in the 1970s, the hegemonic model of employment was transformed globally, as organized workforces, state-guaranteed workers´ rights and immunities, consolidated and large workplaces and robust systems of national protection gave way to the rolling back of state sectors, diminished state protection, dispersion of industrial units and the break-up of large workplaces and trade union movements. Read more →

Notre Dame Cathedral and Questions from a Worker Who Reads (after Bertolt Brecht)

by Sarah Attfield  on April 23rd,2019
When Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire in Paris on April 15, 400 firefighters were deployed to tackle the blaze. One of those workers was seriously injured, and… Read more →

The Oppositional Politics of Race and Class in the Brexit Debate

by Sweta Rajan-Rankin  on March 21st,2019
I live in a relatively affluent predominantly white neighbourhood in the South of England. One day in the city centre I am approached by an… Read more →

The Rightward Shift in Brazil, and Prospects for the Left: An Interview With Labor Historian Sean Purdy

by Sean Purdy  and Brian Kelly  on October 28th,2018
Elections in Brazil are underway. Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro faces leftist Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party in the final round of the presidential election… Read more →

NAFTA’s Long Shadow: Where immigration and economic policy meet

by Sarah McNamara  on February 12th,2018
Congressional Democrats and Republicans regularly play the blame game about why there’s no immigration reform. But each party fails to point the finger at one… Read more →

Thai Unions Coordinate, Collaborate for Success

by Tula Connell  on January 26th,2018
After working several years at an auto parts factory outside Bangkok, Prasit Prasopsuk compared conditions at his workplace with those of a friend employed at… Read more →

Speech by Dilma Rousseff, Upon Her Removal as President of Brazil, 31 August 2016

by Bryan Pitts  on September 2nd,2016
Dilma Roussef, the first woman to head Brazil, was removed from office on August 31, 2016, after months of impeachment hearings led the country’s corruption-tainted senate. Her trial symbolized the end of 13 years of Workers’ party rule. Read more →

Some Silver Linings for the Working Class in British Politics?

by Tim Strangleman  on August 28th,2016
On the face of it, there is little to make progressives cheerful about in British politics at the moment. In the wake of June’s Brexit… Read more →

Life after the Massacre: A View from Oaxaca

by Eric Larson  on July 7th,2016
“I thought that it was raining,” education students wrote the day after police killed as many as 12 and injured dozens at protests in the… Read more →

French Workers Fight to Maintain 35-Hour Work Week

by David Obringer  on March 23rd,2016
French workers are fighting to maintain their 35 hour work week. Adopted in February of 2000, as part of the platform of France’s Socialist Party, it became effective in 2002. Now, despite no ill effects in productivity the MEDEF, or the “Movement of the Enterprises of France,” which is an employer’s union, is pressing for a return to the past. Read more →

Garment Workers are Speaking Out – Will Nike Listen?

by Shelton Stromquist  on March 17th,2016
Today marks the first day of our countrywide worker speak-out featuring Noi Supalai, a former union President and Nike worker from Thailand. While manufacturing apparel… Read more →

LAWCHA Joins the Global Labour History Network

by Ryan Poe  on March 2nd,2016
The Global Labour History Network (GLHN) is an interdisciplinary network of historians and other social scientists, founded in Barcelona on June 16, 2015. It unites… Read more →

Oaxaca Teachers Still Fighting Corporate Education Reforms

by Eric Larson  on February 26th,2016
Ten years ago, one of the most radical unions in the hemisphere, the Sección XXII of Mexico’s National Education Workers’ Union (SNTE), led a vibrant… Read more →

The Labour Movement, Mutuals and Co-operatives: CFP for Special Issue of Labour History

by Ryan Poe  on January 8th,2016
Greg Patmore and Mark Westcott have issued a call for proposals for a special issue of the May, 2017 issue of Labour History. The focus is on the relationship between unions, mutuals, and cooperatives. The CFP deadline is February 29. Read more →