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Calls to action for LAWCHA members and member activist activities in recent weeks.

Upcoming Events


  • Organizing for Power and Workers’ Rights in the 21st Century

    On March 5, 2015, the Center for the History of the New America at the University of Maryland will host a symposium exploring workers and organizing in the twenty-first century. Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, will present a keynote address. The symposium will be convened by Dr. Julie Greene and Dr. Ira Berlin (Professors ...

  • LAWCHA at the 2015 OAH (St. Louis)

    April 16-19, 2015. Are you attending the April meeting of the OAH in St. Louis—or living in the area? LAWCHA will have a strong presence this year.

  • Fighting Inequality: Class, Race, and Power

    May 28-31, 2015. Registration now open! 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.