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Labor History

Honoring Our Past and Inspiring Our Future

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.15.2017 | Education
Randi Weingarten

The American Federation of Teachers reached a significant milestone this week: the centennial of our founding. As I've pored over historical documents from our archives, it's clear that, from generation to generation, our union has been a vehicle to fight for positive change both in public schools and in society.

The Greatest American Heroine You've Never Heard of: Why Florence Kelley Should Be the Woman on the Next $10 Bill

Sally Greenberg | Posted 07.07.2016 | Women
Sally Greenberg

One of the National Consumers League's founders, Florence Kelley, was a champion for equal rights and consumer protections who fought her whole life for democracy and would be an ideal candidate - a true unsung female American hero.

Back When Organized Labor Declared War on the Chinese

David Macaray | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

While the history of the American labor movement is filled to overflowing with examples of conspicuous courage and unwavering solidarity, labor's history is also littered with examples of ethnic and racial biases.

How the United States Whitewashes May Day

Paul Hogarth | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

Unless you were a red-diaper baby, Americans don't grow up learning about May Day. May Day is celebrated in almost every country in the world, except the United States. For years, the United States has intentionally whitewashed May Day from our culture and our consciousness.

Saki Knafo

Workers And Managers Face Off At Iconic New York Bookstore | Saki Knafo | Posted 03.23.2012 | New York

Visitors to the Strand Book Store, a quirky bastion of the New York intellectual tradition on Broadway and 12th Street, may have noticed that the plac...

Janell Ross

New York Building Cleaner Strike Could Have National Implications | Janell Ross | Posted 12.30.2011 | Business

As the New Year's Eve contract deadline looms for office cleaners who attend to some of New York City's most iconic buildings and the companies that o...

D.C. Labor Walking Tour: Great Moments In 99% History (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.27.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Chris Garlock, a mobilizer for the AFL-CIO and creator of D.C.'s labor history online map -- will be leading a walking tour of the Distr...

Uncle Sam Doesn't Want You

Steve Fraser | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Steve Fraser

We have a choice: Americans can continue to accept large-scale unemployment as "natural" and permanent. Or we can follow the lead of the jobless young in the Arab Spring and of protestors beginning to demonstrate en masse in Europe.

The Triangle Fire and the Media: 100 Years Later

Catherine Cloutier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Catherine Cloutier

The Triangle fire was an influential event in the history of journalism. Publications across the country united in defense of the defenseless as muckrakers advocated for social change.

Socks, Shirtwaists and Saving the Union

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

Whether it is socks or solar panels, the task of rebuilding America's manufacturing base is obviously one key to the problem of unemployment and low-wage jobs facing the country.

Happy Terkel Day

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

Well, why wouldn't we rename Labor Day after Studs? He narrated this film about workers' health and safety that was banned by Ronald Reagan's OSHA. Most copies were destroyed. But not all.