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On October 4, 1918, the T.A. Gillespie Shell Loading Plant near Sayreville, New Jersey exploded, killing approximately 100 workers making ammunition for the nation’s war effort during World War I. This was another in a series of disasters from poor workplace conditions that defined American work life during these years, especially in dangerous trades. Too […]
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Labor and Environment

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On September 18, 2018
During a few days when the headlines and thus this blog are understandably rather dominated by another, very important story, I’m still plugging away at my usual subjects, this time on the need for labor unions and environmentalists to overcome their differences and work together for a better future for both. This time, I have […]
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My beliefs about Burning Man are well-established. Even before it was taken over by techbros, the idea of going to the desert with a bunch of other hippies, getting naked and doing whatever drugs in the scorching heat sounds like a dystopia unimaginable even to my dark brain. Yet some people seem to think this […]

Labor Day Q&A

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On September 1, 2018

It’s only a month until A History of America in Ten Strikes is released and so it is going to be all publicity all time. Oh boy! Anyway, I did an author Q&A for The New Press for your Labor

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Prison Strike, Prison Slavery

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On August 30, 2018
I have a piece in the New York Times on the prison strike and the historical context of white coercion of black labor that has never ended. The Civil War may have ended chattel slavery, but the 13th Amendment had a fatal flaw, allowing for an exception from free labor for the incarcerated. Almost immediately, […]

Organize!

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On August 29, 2018

Big win for Disney workers! Back in February, unionized workers at Disney World were worried the company would withhold their “tax reform” bonuses to get the upper hand in contract talks. But afte

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