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Labor educator Worthen’s new book goes where few have gone before

In her new book, "What Did You Learn at Work Today? The Forbidden Lessons of Labor Education," Helena Worthen provides a unique blend of theory and practice.

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Today in labor history: Steinbeck wins Pulitzer for "The Grapes of Wrath"

The book combines simple, plainspoken language and compelling plot with rich description, one of Steinbeck's most effective works of social commentary.

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Today in women's history: Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

Stowe was highly active in the abolition movement. She and her husband supported the Underground Railroad and temporarily housed slaves in their home.

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San Francisco labor celebrates two heroic women workers

The public is invited to join the San Francisco Labor Council in celebrating two outstanding workers and mothers, Teresa Mina and Lupe Chavez, who have fought for their families and all immigrants, amazing true life stories that appears in a new book by David Bacon, "The Right to Stay Home."

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Today in labor history: Death of unionist Karen Silkwood

Her life was featured in Silkwood (1983), an Academy Award-nominated film based on an original screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen.

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Today in labor history: National Association of Letter Carriers founded

With sixty carriers attending from eighteen states, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) was founded in a meeting hall above Schaefer's saloon in Milwaukee, on August 29, 1889.

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Today in labor history: IWW's “Little Red Songbook” published

The book included famous pro-worker songs like "The Internationale" and "Solidarity Forever."

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Today in Labor History: "The Jungle" published

Upton Sinclair, a poor young socialist determined to do his part to make a better world, wrote his incredible book in the tarpaper shack that was his home.

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Today in labor history: Remembering Florence Reece

Reece will be forever known for the song, "Which Side Are You On?" written in 1931 during the "Harlan County War" strike in which her husband, Sam Reece, was an organizer.

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Labor’s history has missing pages

I asked a number of retired union activists to help clarify a big mystery raised by the 2003 book, "Left Out: Reds and America's Industrial Unions."