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LAWCHA is an organization of scholars, teachers, students, labor educators, and activists who seek to promote public and scholarly awareness of labor and working-class history through research, writing, and organizing.

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  • On The Move! :Working Women and the Struggle for Social Justice

    March 4-5, 2016
    Sarah Lawrence College

    Working women have a long history of fighting injustice on multiple fronts and leading social change. A century ago, women labor activists played vanguard roles in movements for child protection, social welfare, and women’s rights in and beyond the workplace.

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  • Labor at the OAH

    April 7-10, 2016
    Providence, Rhode Island

    The OAH has completed its interest page for the 2016 program in Providence, Rhode Island. It includes walking tours, dozens of panels, many of which with LAWCHA-member participants, and many LAWCHA-sponsored panels.

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  • Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference

    May 12-15, 2016
    Grafton, IL

    Since 1988, the Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference has been educating working women throughout the Midwest. This multi-union, multi-day residential program seeks to develop women’s leadership at work and in their communities as well as offer a chance for networking and mentoring in a restorative atmosphere. Application deadline: March 31, 2016.

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The Teaching Assistants' Association
is the oldest graduate student union in the world, representing over 3000 graduate 
employees at UW-Madison. Photo credit to Cullen Vens, 
TAA Stewards' Council Co-Chair and Graduate student in Botany at UW-Madison.

“We’ll just live within our means then!”: A Reaction to UW-Madison Graduate School Administration’s Proposal to “Restructure” Graduate Employee Pay

After briefly skimming over the potential effects of the proposed restructuring of pay for graduate assistants, I found myself jadedly stunned by the UW-Madison administration’s most recent attack on the quality of higher education, specifically with regard to the Humanities, at Wisconsin’s prized flagship and world-renowned institution. The plan, set to launch in May 2017, would radically alter the method of compensation for university graduate employees, like teaching assistants, who also happen to be students. Read more →

December 7th, 2015
Labor 12.3 (September, 2015) Cover
Labor 12.1-2 Cover
Labor 11.4 Cover
Labor 11.3 Cover (Fall, 2014)
Labor 11.2 Cover (Summer, 2014)
Labor 11.1 Cover (Spring, 2014)
Labor 10.4 Cover
Labor, 10.3, Fall 2013
LABOR 10.2 Cover
Labor Cover, 10.1
Labor 9.4 (Winter, 2012) Cover