!! Action Alerts
Calls to action for LAWCHA members and member activist activities in recent weeks.
- Last Update: 4 months ago
The Time for a Raise Campaign at the Center for Study of Responsive Law is sending a sign-on letter to Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO and perhaps Walmart's most famous board member. There has been a growing groundswell of pressure to have her use her influence to change Walmart's poverty wage regime.(read more)
- Last Update: 9 months ago
Beginning at 12pm EST and extending into the evening, students of Freedom University are sitting in in front of the office of the President at the University of Georgia. To support their efforts, sign their petition, tweet your support to #LIFTBAN, or follow them on Facebook.(read more)
- Last Update: 10 months ago
A group of activists affiliated with LRAN are collecting signatures on a letter urging Hillary Clinton to use her Walmart ties to help Walmart workers by raising its wages. If you are interested in signing your name, please contact Pete Davis, PDavis@CSRL.org.(read more)
Add Your Signature to a Letter from LAWCHA Members against Weakened Farmworker Protection in the Farm BillLast Update: 1 year ago
Section 10008 would add to the discrimination against farmworkers in labor law by requiring the Department of Labor (DOL) to consult with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) when it seeks to enforce wage and hour protections for farmworkers.(read more)
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- The American Labor Movement at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies
January 15, 2015. Washington, DC. After three decades of declining union density in the private sector and years of all-out political assaults on public sector unions, America’s unions now face what can only be described as existential threats. The purpose of this conference is to examine new thinking and new initiatives, viewing them critically in the light of ongoing union imperatives of cultivating member activism and involvement, fostering democratic self-governance and building the collective power of working people.
- Australia-US Comparative Labour History Conference
January 8-9, 2015. The University of Sydney, Australia. This conference aims to bring together historians and scholars interested in exploring the comparative and transnational dimensions of the labor history of both Australia and the US. Final schedule now available, and registration is now open!
- Fighting Against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century
February, 11-13, 2015 (CFP Deadline, July 31), University of Melbourne, Australia. Throughout the twentieth century, labour movement activists have been in the forefront of challenges to war and militarism. This conference, hosted by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, seeks to restore their role to our historical memory.
- Fighting Inequality: Class, Race, and Power (CFP Deadline: October 15)
May 28-31, 2015. Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Joint Conference of the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the Working-Class Studies Association. Economic inequality, while long a challenge for working-class people, has grown and become increasingly central in public life. It has been a theme in struggles for justice for low-wage workers and has shaped policies related to education, housing, health care, and the right to organize.
- Southern Labor Studies Association Conference Annual Conference
March 5-8, 2015. CFP Deadline: September 1, 2014. The Southern Labor Studies Association invites academics, activists, students, attorneys, public historians, archivists, and any other people interested in the experiences of working people in the Early American or US South to propose sessions for our next conference, which will take place from March 5-8, 2015. We will meet in two locations: at the University of Maryland, College Park during the day on Thursday, March 5, and then in Washington, D.C. from the evening of March 5 to the morning of Sunday, March 8.
Recent News and Updates
- Protest, Politics and Policing: What Bayard Rustin Could Tell the Ferguson-Garner Movement by Roberta Gold
- Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein, “History Shows How 2 Million Workers Lost Rights,” Time by Eileen Boris
- LAWCHA Session at the 2015 AHA: “From the Frontlines with New York Labor: What Is Working?” by Lara Vapnek
- Stop Kidding Yourself: The Police Were Created to Control Working Class and Poor People by Sam Mitrani
- Ferguson and Emerson Electric: The Paradox of Imperial Reach by Henry Berger
- Long Time LAWCHA Activist Undertakes Building a New Institution Devoted to Working Class History by Peter Rachleff
- Launch of LAWCHA’s Teacher/Public Sector Initiative by Rosemary Feurer