organized labor

  • A King of Labor, too

    By Evan Henerson

    As easy as it is to praise Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s imprint on the Civil Rights Movement, on his birthday, we should also remember Dr. King’s deep roots in the world of labor and socialism.

  • Watch: The Life and Labor of Cesar Chavez

    By Sandy Southivilay

    Brothers and sisters throughout America are celebrating Cesar Chavez Day to commemorate a true leader in the historic struggles of the labor movement.

  • Oscars are So Union: Louis B. Mayer’s Middle-Class-Friendly Nightmare

    Labor 411 Founder and Publisher Cherri Senders weighs in onCityWatch on the Oscars controversy, but says there's one historic element people aren't talking about, and how it's still alive and well today.

    By Cherri Senders

    OSCAR POLITICS--If Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s legendary co-founder Louis B. Mayer (Photo above, with actress Helen Hayes) were alive today, he would likely applaud the boycott of the Oscars, but not necessarily in protest of the lack of racial diversity at Hollywood’s preeminent awards ceremony. It would be to rail against the presence of all the card-carrying members of the Teamsters, the Screen Actors Guild and numerous other unions of the film industry’s highly organized workforce.

  • TBT: Watch: ‘No Force Under the Sun’ Could Stop A. Philip Randolph

    By Sandy Southivilay

    Every year the United States observes February as Black History Month, in remembrance of important events that took place and leaders that took a stand to protect the rights of African Americans and their working families.
    A. Philip Randolph was an important African American labor leader who worked hard to fight for African American’s civil rights and labor rights. Randolph began his activist career earlier on when he founded the Messenger, a political magazine that featured articles by rising black writers.

  • TBT: The Birth of a Rally Cry – “Solidarity Forever” Rings True (Watch)

    By Sandy Southivilay

    On January 17, 1915, a prominent activist for women rights, racial equality, and worker’s right, Lucy Parsons, lead one of the biggest unemployment demonstrations. More than 15,000 people gathered on the streets of Chicago, Illinois to rally against the city’s high unemployment rate and the appalling number of starving families. Parsons and demonstrators marched down Halsted, requesting City Hall to provide food relief and work for those in need.

  • Martin Luther King Jr.: 12 Quotes from One of the Greatest Voices

    By Michael Messina

    Eighty-seven years ago a man was born in Atlanta who would eventually become one of the greatest civil rights leaders this country has even seen. Martin Luther King Jr. is a cultural icon whose actions included championing the ambitions of the Labor Movement as well. In fact, at the time of his assassination he was in Memphis supporting AFSCME sanitation workers.

  • Can Millennials Save Organized Labor?

    By Ross Lenihan

    A new Pew survey reveals how Millennials, the oft-hyped demographic, view key social institutions. It turns out that Millennials have a more positive view of many major social institutions than their elders and that one of the most notable examples is organized labor.