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… 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 →

European Labour History Network: First Conference

by Ryan Poe  on November 30th, 2015
The ELHN was founded in October 2013 in Amsterdam as a network of labour historians in order to bring together scholars with different institutional backgrounds (institutes, associations, archives, journals, study groups, individual researchers, etc.) and serve as an umbrella organization for smaller working groups with specific topics and tasks. The first Conference of the European Labour History Network (ELHN) will take place in Turin from 14-16 December 2015 at the University of Turin. Read more →

Global Labour University Conference: Sharing the Gains – Containing Corporate Power

by Ryan Poe  on September 4th, 2015
We would like to invite you to the 10th Annual Global Labour University (GLU) Conference, “Sharing the Gains – Containing Corporate Power.” The conference will take place at the AFL‐CIO Washington, D.C. headquarters (815 16th Street NW, Washington, DC) starting at 4:30pm on Wednesday, September 30 and concluding at 5:30pm on Friday, October 2, 2015. Read more →

First Conference of the European Labour History Network (ELHN): CFP

by Ryan Poe  on September 4th, 2015
The European Labour History Network (ELHN) is pleased to announce its first conference from 14-16 December 2015 at the University of Turin facilitated and hosted by Stefano Musso (President of the Società Italiana di Storia del lavoro/SISLav – Italian Society of Labour History) in collaboration with ISMEL-Torino. Read more →

Australia and U.S. Labor: Transnational Influences and Historical Comparisons

by Peter Cole  and Shelton Stromquist  on January 30th, 2015
For three days in early January—summertime in the land “down under”—historians and other scholars interested in labor gathered on the campus of Australia’s oldest school… Read more →

The Days of Action: The Character of Class Struggle in 1990s Ontario

by Ryan Poe  on November 15th, 2014
Illustrated by Orion Keresztesi, written by Doug Nesbitt and Sean Carleton, and augmented by an introduction by David Camfield, The Days of Action comic book… Read more →

Registration open for the Australia-US Comparative Labour History Conference

by Ryan Poe  on October 7th, 2014
Historians and other scholars have long recognized both similarities and differences in the labour experience in Australia and the United States. Both countries were built upon European expansion and settlement at the expense of native peoples. The Australian labour movement developed a vigorous Labour Party, while the US did not. Once robust, union membership in both countries has been in decline in recent years. Divisions based on gender, race and class have been significant in both countries. Movements in both countries exchanged ideas and individuals. While Australians have been interested in scientific management, and in the organizational strategies embodied in the Knights of Labour and the IWW, in the US the Australian experience with compulsory arbitration and labour politics has drawn significant attention. Read more →

Barry York, “From the Oral History collection: Issy Wyner”

by Ryan Poe  on April 18th, 2014
Issy Wyner was born at Paddington, Sydney, in 1916 and grew up in the Rozelle-Balmain area. The interview with him was recorded for his recollections of life in Sydney during the 1930s Depression, as part of the Museum’s preparation for the exhibition ‘Scarred and Strengthened’ in 2007. In this edited excerpt from an oral history interview, Mr Wyner recalls the evictions that took place during the Depression, the neighbourliness that helped families cope and the local responses to him as a Jew. Read more →