Category Archives: union

Every day is Labor Day

Though many states had already established Labor Day, it did not become a federal holiday until 1894, just 6 days after Grover Cleveland and the 14,000 troops he ordered to Chicago (1,936 federal troops, 4000 National Guard, 5000 extra deputy … Continue reading

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Join. Participate. Make change.

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Slowly, carefully, and with intention

Though school has officially ended for the summer, there have been a couple of union issues which still need some resolution. This must have been the subconscious energy that drove me to choose Diego Rivera’s mural, Production and Manufacture of … Continue reading

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The rabbi in Pullman

The Pullman debates were today. Listening to my students, working in characters in groups of two or three, as George Pullman (dressed in tails), Attorney General Olney (in a proper beard and a suit accompanied with a light saber), Governor Altgeld, … Continue reading

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Happy Labor Day

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History isn’t supposed to repeat itself

The annual Pullman debates were today. The students take on the roles of Jane Addams, Eugene Debs (founder of the ARU-American Railway Union), George Pullman, Pullman Workers, the GMA (General Managers Association- a group of Railroad CEOs), Governor Altgeld, Rev. … Continue reading

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All thumbs for contract resolution

I could have left work early today, but I wanted to stay until the vote was counted for the ratification of our contract. Not that I was physically needed to do so, but it was a way for me to … Continue reading

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