During the years of World War II, when there was a shortage of male workers, unions made special efforts to integrate the female rank and file into their organizations through education programs. Both the UE and the UAW set up several women's conferences and both published pamphlets and other educational materials especially for women. This is the cover of the UAW Education Department's magazine, Ammunition, August 1944. - WWII propaganda photograph USA, women war workers, suffrage, vote…
Dolores Huerta 1930- LABOR LEADER The cofounder of the United Farm Workers is a former teacher. "I thought I could do more by organizing farm workers than by trying to teach their hungry children," she says. She strove to secure a living wage for the people who harvest our nation's food.
“Row of miners' homes in the Brookside Mine Company town of Brookside, Kentucky, near Middlesboro. The mine, owned by the Duke Power Company, was the scene of a protracted and sometimes violent strike between the mine and the United Mine Workers Union during 1974. The strike ended when a man was shot and killed on the picket line in Harlan County. The home of the Jerry Rainey family is in the foreground. They were threatened with eviction during the strike.” Jack Corn, June 1974.
Don Chafin was the sheriff of Logan County, West Virginia and a commander in the Battle of Blair Mountain. Chafin was a fierce opponent of unionization and received hundreds of thousands of dollars from coal mine operators in return for his violent suppression of the United Mine Workers union. In 1924, Chafin was arrested in connection with moonshining. After his release, he became an important figure in the Democratic Party of West Virginia, and a lobbyist for the coal industry.
The University of Texas at El Paso's (UTEP) Institute of Oral History has built the largest border-related oral history collection in existence, capturing and preserving the compelling stories of the first generation Mexican-American immigration experience.
A. Philip Randolph, leader in the Civil Rights Movement, the labor movement and socialist political parties. He organized & led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the 1st predominantly Black labor union and led the March on Washington. He also inspired the "Randolph" Freedom budget, which aimed to deal with the economic problems facing the Black community, particularly workers & the unemployed. After WWII, he pressured President Truman to end segregation in the armed services. R.I.P.