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On March 21, 1866, California passed An Act for the Suppression of Chinese Houses of Ill Fame, an anti-prostitution measure that stood in for a larger anti-Chinese sentiment in that state that would lead to the Chinese Exclusion Act sixteen years later and was part and parcel with a larger project that lasted over a […]
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On March 17, 1966, farmworkers organizing in the United Farm Workers marched from Delano to Sacramento to bring attention to their plight, one of the most important early moments in what soon became the United Farm Workers. Farm workers lived pretty tough lives. The itinerant nature and physical stress of the work gave employers tremendous […]

The Wabtec Strike

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On March 10, 2019

I was contacted by a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter to give some context to the current Wabtec strike going on in Erie, which is a classic case of an industrial employer seeking to bust their union th

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Donald Trump continues to pay off for the American working class, this time gutting Obama’s overtime expansion plan. The Trump administration announced Thursday that it plans to change labor regulations so that more salaried workers are eligible for overtime pay when they work long hours. But its proposal would benefit far fewer middle-class workers than […]

The Erie Strike

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On March 4, 2019

Workers at a former GE plant that is now owned by a Westinghouse subsidiary are on strike, fighting against the latest round of corporate attacks on a dignified working class. At a sprawling locomotiv

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