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On May 21, 1945, Hawaii passed the Hawaii Employee Relations Act, extending collective bargaining rights to agricultural workers. This critical expansion of the Wagner Act started laying the groundwork for including more workers under the umbrella of American labor law. It also helped bring in the greatest labor victory in Hawaiian history the next year. […]
I had the opportunity to review Peter Cole’s excellent new book at H-Net and since that’s a public resource, I thought I would share the first few paragraphs here: Peter Cole’s superb examination of dockworkers in San Francisco and Durban, South Africa, provides an excellent model of how to write comparative labor history, weaving together […]
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