Calling all Labor Historians: A New Resource to Tell Labor’s Story

by Randi Storch  on August 4th, 2017
A new LAWCHA initiative to develop classroom and public knowledge of labor history Read more →

How Community-College Faculty Organized a Strike and Scored a Contract

by Eric Fure-Slocum  on September 27th, 2016
By Michael McCown. For the first time in its 40-year history, the union of full- and part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco recently went on strike—and it worked. Read more →

Decline of Tenure for Higher Education Faculty: An Introduction

by Trevor Griffey  on September 2nd, 2016
For most college and university instructors in the United States today, teaching provides neither the job security nor income typically associated with middle class careers. That is because about 70 percent of all instructors are not eligible for tenure. Read more →

Socialism in current K-12 textbooks: invisible & dismissed

by Rosemary Feurer  on May 29th, 2016
For years now I’ve been showing students and friends the polls that show an increasingly favorable view of socialism especially among low income, young African-American and Hispanic youth. 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 movement against the state governor’s heavy-handed rule in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The demonstrations, known to many as the “Oaxaca Commune,” featured six months of mass marches, public encampments, and neighborhood barricades. Read more →

(Updated) Patrick S. O’Donnell, The World of Work and Labor Law: A Bibliography

by Ryan Poe  on September 8th, 2015
Patrick S. O’Donnell has updated his monumental bibliography on the labor movement to account for the year 2015. “This bibliography,” writes the author, “contains a number of titles dealing with “workers,” the “world of work” generally, and “labor law” in particular, so as to account for some of the more compelling reasons we should assiduously attend to the complex economic and moral questions (the former often including some of the latter) regarding the labor, working conditions, and leisure time of working people.” Read more →

Paraprofessional Educators and Labor-Community Coalitions, Past and Present

by Nick Juravich  on February 24th, 2015
Public education today is at the center of an unrelenting assault on the American labor movement. This is no accident; by some measures, nearly 40% of unionized workers in the United States work in education, and organized educators have proven vocal opponents of neoliberal politicians and policies. As a consequence, educational unions have been singled out for destruction by Republican governors, state legislatures, and courts as part of a broader attack on public sector organizing. From Wisconsin to California, these opponents challenge not just the gains made by public-sector unions, but their very right to exist. Read more →

Launch of LAWCHA’s Teacher/Public Sector Initiative

by Rosemary Feurer  on December 9th, 2014
Today we launch the teachers/public sector toolkit, a set of resources that we hope will contribute to dialog on teacher and public sector unionism. We are asking for help in disseminating and adding to this toolkit, which is accessible under teaching resources. Read more →

Growing Apart by Colin Gordon: Great Teaching Resource

by Rosemary Feurer  on November 14th, 2014
Growing Apart is one of the most valuable tools for teaching about labor and inequality that I have seen in recent years. It’s a one-stop place for all the great graphs and charts to show the rise in inequality, the rise of right-to-work states, the declining value of the minimum wage versus the rise in executive pay at the top.This great new website by Colin Gordon is a treasure trove as a teaching resource. Read more →

A Century of Teacher Organizing: What Can We Learn?

by Adam Mertz  on October 30th, 2014
The history of teacher unionism is rich and vibrant, filled with numerous triumphs, tensions, and setbacks. For over a century, most education employees have been part of a public sector workforce that has been constrained by legal frameworks that assume that they are not entitled to the same rights as private sector workers. Because they comprise the largest segment of public sector labor, the story of why and how teachers sought to organize helps us understand many current debates surrounding education policies and the labor movement. Read more →

John McNay, “Attack on public school teachers seems like sour grapes”

by Ryan Poe  on September 10th, 2014
In the United States, right-wing politicians have diligently worked to defund public education. Republicans have often done this in two major ways. They have diligently and irresponsibly attacked public school teachers. And at the same time have used the alleged shortcomings to divert public school funding toward private schools. Read more →

Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality

by Ryan Poe  on June 6th, 2014
Author Colin Gordon’s book, Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality is an online textbook that uses historical and economic analysis to trace the causes and consequences of economic inequality in the United States. Read more →

The Courts vs. Teacher Unionism

by Justin Law  on May 23rd, 2014
Teachers unions have faced some of the most challenging legal strictures in U.S. history. Before public collective bargaining employment laws, teachers effectively were told they had no right to organize by a judicial system that used a variety of constructions of the law to invalidate the citizen’s right to free speech and assembly in the workplace. Read more →

Call for Professors to Boycott Teach for America

by Mark Naison  on May 20th, 2014
Should Labor Historians Encourage A Boycott of Teach for America? Please comment. In the last few years, Teach for America has gone out of its way to send its Corps members into cities which have fired large numbers of veteran union teachers-among them Chicago, Newark and Washington DC. Read more →

Peter Rachleff, “The present, past, and future of collective bargaining”

by Ryan Poe  on March 24th, 2014
Recent experiences suggest that the generations-old practice of collective bargaining as the normal, if not dominant, method of negotiating the terms of unionized employment is losing its legitimacy. Read more →