As we celebrate Irish-American Month, we are taking a look at the impact that Irish-Americans had on the labor movement. In 1903, in what is known as the “Children’s Crusade,” Irish-born labor organizer and activist Mother Jones fought on behalf of children who endured horrible working conditions. With her slogan, “We want to go to school and not the mines,” she made the public aware of what these children endured. For more on this historic moment, make sure to check out the terrific video below:
By Sahid Fawaz
Each year we hope that Walmart does an about-face as the largest private employer in the country and pay its workers fairly and sell more American-made goods. Unfortunately, 2015 seems to be another year that brings much of the same. With that said, here are our three reasons why we are staying away from Walmart this year.
By Kelly Ross
The AFL- CIO was once two separate entities, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations, both working to further the Labor Movement and promote workers’ rights. The rivaling groups maintained very different ideologies and competed for supremacy over the Labor Movement until the 1950s when the split began to hinder the very foundations of the movement. It became clear that the rivalry was crippling the industry that called for solidarity and would only flourish under such terms.
By Sahid Fawaz
Made in Chicago, IL by the proud members of Teamsters Local 743 at the R.S. Owens & Company, the Oscar statue is one of the most recognizable awards in the world. And tonight, millions of people will be looking at it as some of the best in the entertainment industry are honored for their work. Below is a glimpse into just how this little golden man is made.
The Oscars highlight the best in the movie business, and while we love to watch the stars (members of SAG-AFTRA) on the red carpet as much as anyone, there are multiple facets to film that are backed by union members. Costumers, cinematographers, stagehands, craftsmen and more make up an industry brimming with talent.
In their honor, we’ve put a fun list of union-made items together inspired by the Best Picture nominees for our 3rd Annual Oscars Special.
By Michael Messina
One of the most famous working man’s wins at the Academy Awards was actually an award given to a woman, Sally Field. As a textile worker trying to organize in Norma Rae, her role as the titular character snagged her the Best Actress award at the 1980 Oscars. Screen shots of her holding a scrap of cardboard with the word “UNION” scratched across it float around labor social media sites pretty regularly, including our own Labor 411 Facebook page.