Labor

Joe Hill’s Last Will – The Preacher and the Slave by John McCutcheon

Here’s a great version of the Joe Hill tune, The Preacher and the Slave, performed by John McCutcheon and found on Joe Hill’s Last Will, released May 2015 (audio only). See the image below for lyrics, credits and background info. The album’s an uplifting, inspiring musical journey that should become an essential piece of any…

The Pacific Coast Farm-Worker Rebellion by David Bacon in The Nation

From Baja California to Washington State, indigenous farm workers are standing up for their rights David Bacon   A burned-out concrete blockhouse—the former police station—squats on one side of the only divided street in Vicente Guerrero, half a mile from Baja California’s transpeninsular highway. Just across the street lies the barrio of Nuevo (New) San…

Hormel Workers Won a Historic Victory – November 13, 1933

1933: Striking workers at the Hormel meatpacking facility warm themselves around a fire in Austin, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society. Click on image to enlarge.           On November 13, 1933, in what historians have suggested was the first officially-recorded sitdown strike in U.S. history, victorious workers at the Hormel…