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On February 27, 1869, the great workplace health and safety reformer Alice Hamilton was born. I dislike highlighting birthdates or deathdates for the labor history series, but the history of workplace health and safety does not have a lot of easily identifiable dates and it is long past time this series highlights Hamilton’s work. Hamilton […]
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On February 23, 1959, the AFL-CIO Executive Council, meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, passed a resolution to create the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, an early attempt to organize the farmworkers at the bottom of the American labor force. While Americans idealized agricultural work from the Jeffersonian beginnings of the nation, underlying the agrarian myth […]
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Strikes Work

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On February 19, 2019
Boom! West Virginia's educators just won their strike! A few minutes ago, they forced the House to kill the Republicans' pro-privatization bill, 53-45. Strikes work — check out this video of the celebration. pic.twitter.com/S9yn8LvB0S — Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc) February 19, 2019 Worker power is the most effective way to make immediate change. These West Virginia […]
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The Teacher Strike Wave

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On February 14, 2019
In case you don’t realize just how massive the teacher strike wave has been, 2018 saw the most workers strike in the United States since 1986. Teachers make up a huge percentage of them, as you can see from the graph at the top of the post. And given the L.A. and Denver teacher strikes, […]

Just Cause Firing

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On February 13, 2019

One of the biggest problems workers face is that employers can fire them for any reason. This should not exist. Of course, this is at the center of why every worker should have a union. Capricious emp

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