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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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    Our 2017 annual meeting will take place in Seattle, June 22-25, at the University of Washington. This gives us a chance to visit the left coast city where labor has been winning important victories and pioneering new strategies. And late June is a great time to see the Pacific Northwest. Stay after the conference and explore Seattle and the mountains, islands, and waterways of Puget Sound.

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  • Working-Class Studies Association Annual Conference

    May 31-June 3, 2017

    The WCSA 2017 conference seeks to take stock of the legacy, present, and future possibilities of the idea of “class struggle.”

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  • 140th Anniversary of 1877 Railroad Strike

    July 14-15, 2017
    Baltimore, Maryland

    We are planning a 140th anniversary celebration and discussion about the 1877 rail strike, which began in Baltimore at what is now our baseball stadium. We will have an event July 14-16, 2017, at the historical marker commemorating the strike and a reception at The Irish Railroad Workers Shrine to describe the impact of the strike. We would love to have more participants with any broader discussion of the strike–it’s not a formal “conference” but a way to remember our history. Contact Bill Barry billbarry21214@gmail.com for more information.

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LAWCHA statement opposing Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor

The Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) strongly opposes the nomination of Andrew Puzder for the position of Secretary of Labor. We believe he is not qualified to occupy this position and indeed, would pose a profound threat to workers. Read more →

February 14th, 2017