A post for Labor Day

Here’s a Smithsonian article about the Battle of Blair Mountain, a labor uprising from a hundred years ago by coal miners in the hills of West Virginia: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/battle-blair-mountain-largest-labor-uprising-american-history-180978520/

The Battle of Blair Mountain occurred about a year after the Battle of Matewan, immortalized in the 1987 John Sayles movie Matewan.

Last fall I wrote a post about unions in general, mostly how they seemed not to have as much presence and power as they once did.

Although we may often think of it in terms of cookouts, summer ending, pools closing, and kids heading back to school, Labor Day is all about celebrating workers and the rise of labor unions (Wikipedia article: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day).

The Smithsonian article is a sober reminder of the terrible price often paid by those who fought—or still fight—for workers’ rights.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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2 Responses to A post for Labor Day

  1. Sally Cissna says:

    Actually, Union membership is on the rise maybe fueled by the new awareness that there is more to life than work. Let’s hope it continues.

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    • If there’s one good thing to say about Covid-19, and it’s a stretch to call anything about this virus a good thing, it would have to be that the world paused for a while, and during this horrible, stunned moment we had an opportunity to see that the way things were clearly wasn’t the only way that things could/should be.

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