Essential Labor History

Slavery and Indentured Servitude: The First Labor System the United States had. The harmful effects of both of these remain with us in the US to this day. Responsible voters will watch the entire documentary “Eyes On the Prize” to learn how slavery continues to affect us all. http://to.pbs.org/TA1ga

Although slavery was outlawed in the 1800s, our labor system remains affected by it. Additionally, discrepancies between different racial groups in workplaces and in terms of wealth and education are also outcomes of slavery that remain with us.

Modern-day slavery remains a problem in the US and worldwide; human trafficking is a serious problem. Responsible voters will learn all they can about this and take action to be a modern-day abolitionist. http://www.endhumantrafficking.org/

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire/

The Colorado CoalField Wars: http://www.du.edu/ludlow/index.html

BP – A long list of workplace safety violations: http://www.publicintegrity.org/articles/entry/2085/

Massey: Employees Unlawfully Retaliated Against for Raising Safety Concerns: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0406/Massey-Energy-West-Virginia-mine-explosion-site-s-checkered-past

Wal-Mart: http://walmartwatch.org/about/

Historians: Unions, bargaining old as America http://bit.ly/iedZC9

Also, consider this quote and who said it, “” We must reduce workers’ salaries and take away their right to strike.” ~Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933

Remain updated on how your elected officials vote on Labor and other issues: Sign up to see how your elected officials vote on various issues: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/megavote/ 

Copyright 2009 Denise A Romano – Reproduction allowed with copyright intact and inclusion of this blog address

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