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Mississippi Secession — Jan. 9, 1861

…just in case there was any confusion about why the Civil War was fought. My students and I  are presently examining this 155-year old document. A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State … Continue reading

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“Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100” by Martin Espada

for the 43 members of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 100, working at the Windows on the World restaurant, who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center Alabanza. Praise the cook with a shaven head … Continue reading

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“Solidarity Forever”

This is the 100th anniversary of the song “Solidarity Forever,” first written in 1915 by Ralph Chaplin, who was a writer and artist for the IWW publication Solidarity. It was first sung at an enthusiastic labor rally of workers and immigrants … Continue reading

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Peonies in December

For the past several years, I have served as president of our union. It has not been the easiest of responsibilities. It took enormous amounts of time and energy, and sometimes I found myself beset with issues that presented moral … Continue reading

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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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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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