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Peter Cole on his new book, Dockworker Power

Our series on new books in labor and working-class history continues. The University of Illinois Press published Peter Cole’s second book, Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area, in December. Cole, a professor of history at Western Illinois University, answered questions from Jacob Remes. Read more →

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Class Prejudice and the Democrats’ Blue Wave?

by Jack Metzgar  on November 30th, 2018
Two days after the mid-term elections, The Washington Post published an analysis under the headline “These wealthy neighborhoods delivered Democrats the House majority.” Read more →

The AHA and the Chicago Hotel Strike

by Julie Greene  on October 20th, 2018
On Sept. 7 UNITE HERE began a strike against 25 hotels in Chicago. The demands focused on year round health insurance and other benefits. Six… Read more →

Labor Song of the Month: “Harry Bridges”

by Peter Cole  on September 20th, 2018
Nowadays, the name Harry Bridges elicits no response from the average American. Some San Francisco Bay Area residents might connect his name to the large plaza outside the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero running alongside the bay. Read more →

What’s up with wages? Nothing, and that’s a problem (not a puzzle)

by Daniel Graff  on September 20th, 2018
Increasing inequality is a pressing problem requiring serious research and vigorous debate as we strive for policies that improve people’s opportunities and outcomes. One direct way to tackle this challenge is to confront the problem of pay, especially in the United States, where our public culture has long correlated hard work with personal worth and our public policies have wedded social benefits to employment via tax credits, health care insurance and pensions. Read more →

The Fight for Good Jobs and a Democratic Economy

by Jonathan Kissam  on September 5th, 2018
Jonathan Kissam, historian and Communications Director for United Electrical Workers Union, digs into the past for some ideas for the future, in a post originally… Read more →

#MeToo and McDonald’s

Annelise Orleck , September 25th, 2018


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Martin J. Bennett, “50 Years Ago King, Memphis, and the Poor People’s Campaign,” Beyond Chron, May 31, 2018

Ryan Poe, June 25th, 2018

Most Americans know that a white racist assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4,1968 – fifty years ago. But few understand the historical context and why King was in Memphis… Read more →