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labor history



  • 5 Ways to Rebuild Labor and Transform America

    The COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity for organized labor to fight for a more equitable economy and society, not just better pay and benefits, if the movement learns from historical successes and failures.



  • The Contagion and a Cure

    by Mark Lause

    Mark Lause looks at the 1793 yellow fever pandemic in Philadelphia from a working class history perspective, and finds it informs us today.



  • The Coronavirus Could Rewrite the Rules for Silicon Valley

    by Margaret O'Mara

    The blue-collar workers who power the digital economy — including fulfillment center workers and app-based couriers — are pushing for higher pay and better protection, just as Detroit autoworkers did 90 years ago.



  • Front-Line Workers in the Covid-19 Fight Need Unions

    by William P. Jones

    Without strengthening labor laws, and extending them to all sectors, we cannot ensure workers have the power to protect their own health and safety on the job and the health and safety of our communities.


  • Pandemic Exposes Vulnerabilities of Workers on Farms

    by Verónica Martínez-Matsuda

    Defying the broader conservative political forces of the time, the Farm Security Administration extended health care to tens of thousands of migratory agricultural workers because it understood that farmworkers’ health was vital to the nation’s wellbeing.


  • The Making of a Periphery

    by Ulbe Bosma

    How did the once-prosperous islands of Southeast Asia transform into a “peripheral” region?


  • Pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

    by Martin Halpern

    If unions and their allies win passage of this legislation, they may begin to shift the country away from the glaring inequality that is at the core of the country’s discontent.