Labor History: One key lesson is a role play about the history of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (STFU), when black and white tenant farmers overcame the divide and conquer divisions of racism and organized together in the 1930s. See the role play here: http://bit.ly/1aHb6lm Photo: Reading the “Sharecroppers’ Voice” during an outdoor STFU meeting. By Louise Boyle. Southern Tenant Farmers Union Photographs, 1937 and 1982, Kheel Center, Cornell.
If you’ve been in a discussion with colleagues or family about labor issues, most likely you’ve heard someone say “Unions were good once, but we don’t need them anymore,” “Unions are corrupt,” or “Public sector unions cause budget deficits.” Fortunately, you no longer need to come up with answers to these challenges alone.
If you’ve been in a discussion with colleagues or family about labor issues, most likely you’ve heard someone say “Unions were good once, but we don’t need them anymore,” “Unions are corrupt,” or “Public sector unions cause budget deficits.” Fortunately, you no longer need to come up with answers to these challenges alone. Each chapter of Bill Fletcher Jr.’s new book takes on one of the most common contemporary myths about organized labor. In addition to its role at family dinners, this book would be useful for labor education programs and high school government or economics classes. More info here: http://bit.ly/1dIAIzF
Rock Springs massacre: On this day in 1885, 150 white coal miners in Rock Springs, Wyoming, brutally attacked their Chinese coworkers, killing 28, wounding 15 others, and driving several hundred more out of town. Learn more in detailed article by Tom Rea: http://bit.ly/SaG38F and in the book Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James W. Loewen
Although today Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech often symbolizes the March for many, it was very much a stand for black workers with longtime labor leader Randolph at the forefront.
READ MORE ON RANDOLPH >>>> http://on.thegrio.com/14T5LDh — with George Ward Beacham III.
The photo caption explains that Keller was a major force in the Lawrence strike, helped raise money, participated in the ‘children’s exodus’, helping to find homes for Lawrence kids away from the escalating violence, and was an active member of the Ettor-Giovannitti-Caruso defense committee when the three were put on trial as ‘accessories before the fact’ in the death of a strike. Order the book to learn more hidden history of the strike from the Lawrence History Center: http://bit.ly/15Pu7gZ Learn more about the hidden history of Keller here: http://bit.ly/17vvHoU Finally, we recommend following Bread and Roses 1912-2012
— with helen keller.
As a nation, we celebrate Labor Day to recommit ourselves each year to the idea that everyone who works hard in America has a chance to get ahead.
It’s a goal that motivates President Obama every single day. It’s why he’s fighting for a better bargain for the middle class.
Getting ahead means a good education and a home of your own. It means health care when you get sick and a secure retirement even if you’re not rich. Above all else, it means a good job that pays a good wage.
So this Labor Day, take a moment to watch President Obama talk about why this holiday is so important, then share it with your friends: