1934: Southern Workers Spark Massive Textile Strike

In 1934, thousands of workers in Southern textile mills walked off the job seeking better pay and working conditions. The job actions they launched spread to New England and the Mid-Atlantic states and became one of the biggest industrial strikes in...

To Stand Up, Auto Workers Sat Down

On Dec. 30, 1936, workers in Flint MI began a historic “sit down” strike that helped win union representation for auto assembly employees across the nation.

‘Dust Bowl Troubadour’ Sang for Unions, Justice

For more than a century, labor musicians have lifted spirits and helped build solidarity on union picket lines. But most Americans seldom heard labor’s voice — until one prolific entertainer helped popularize songs about the plight of everyday...

Eleanor Roosevelt: ‘One of Us’

Although she belonged to a prominent New York family and could have chosen a life of leisure, Eleanor Roosevelt was a tireless advocate for social and economic justice.

Addie L. Wyatt: Labor, Civil Rights Leader

Last year we bid farewell to an important advocate for justice for working families everywhere: The Rev. Addie L. Wyatt. Though not widely known outside Chicago, the diminutive, African-American woman made important contributions that “helped open...